Silver for lawn bowls brings medal tally to three

Wednesday July 10, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
The silver medallists, from left: Lawrence Paniani, Royden Aperau, Adoni Wichman-Rairoa. 19070922 The silver medallists, from left: Lawrence Paniani, Royden Aperau, Adoni Wichman-Rairoa. 19070922

The men’s triples had to battle extremes of rain and scorching sun for their medal.

 

They claimed silver in a challenging lawn bowls final.

The team battled hard throughout the tournament, just scraping past Tonga in the semifinals 20-18. They came back from a deficit to book a place in the finals against Fiji.

“The semis were really tough against Tonga. We had a rough start, but we managed to come back. We had to chase … But we managed to get there in the end,” said Adoni Wichman-Rairoa.

The weather was wet to begin with but cleared in the afternoon to provide excellent conditions for bowling.

“We had a wet start and then all of a sudden we were getting sunburnt,” said Lawrence Paniani.

The final against Fiji began well for the Cook Islands, with ideal conditions on the green helping the team gain an early advantage. But a strong Fijian side bowled their way back, eventually downing the Cook Islands 15-17.

“It was great to be playing against Fiji,” Wichman-Rairoa said.

In the men's pairs, the Cook Islands were unlucky to miss out on the gold medal final, going down to Fiji 16-19 in their semifinal.

The pair of Aidan Zittersteijn and Taiki Paniani bowled against Tokelau in the bronze medal final. They had a strong lead, but some loose bowls allowed Tokelau to make a comeback and eventually win the game 19-17.

 

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