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Redmond Nicholson’s last end pressure ball that won him the
BC2 title, the high quality BC3 final between Mandy Slade and Anthea
Hurst and that wonderful shot of newcomer Julieanne Preston, which
won her a bronze medal in the open class, were just a few of the
highlights of the 12th Focus Cup Boccia tournament, held at South
Auckland’s Allen Brewster Centre. (July 4th & 5th)
Congratulations must go to the Focus Mobility Rehab team for organising
this important tournament on the Boccia calendar. This event over
the years has helped kick start many sporting careers, and judging
by the standard of play last weekend future champions will soon
BC1 player Gayle Russell has already hit the big time as she prepares
for an August international tournament in Hong Kong. Once she has
mastered the nuances of the game she will be a major asset, for
the New Zealand side.
A little further down the track twelve year old Alex Dickson will
be a gun player. He certainly impressed during the weekend with
his smooth action and developing routine.
It’s great to see New Zealand Reps Maurice Toon and Mandy
Slade coming into form, with Redmond Nicholson making a big statement
with his gold medal performance.
Strong teams from Northland and Janet McVeagh Recreation added a
lot of vibrancy to proceedings, which was most welcome.
The trophy winners from the weekend were Julieanne Preston (Focus
on Commitment ---donated by Allways Mobility Services), Andrew Shea
(Most improved player) and Alex Dickson (Best and Fairest)
A big thanks goes out to Margaret Moylen, for running the whole
show, Harvey Brunt for keeping an eye on the statistics, John Wade
who presented the medals and trophies, Trevor Freeman for keeping
an eye on the games in progress as head referee, and to all hardworking
referees throughout the tournament, especially Nessie Thomson who
keeps on keeping on, at the “young at heart” age of