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News Team Henselite Jo Edwards wins 4th Nugget Crown
August 24, 2016

New Zealand's Commonwealth Singles Champion, Jo Edwards, added yet another Golden Nugget trophy to her collection when she took out the title last week at the prestigious invitational event at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on Australia's Gold Coast.

For 30 years, the Golden Nugget Invitational Singles has been one of the most prestigious singles tournaments in Australia.

Jo herself has lost count of how many times she has played in the event. "I have played in the Golden Nugget 10 or 11 times." she said. "It is a great event to play in because it is such an amazing field that is put together every year. It is fiercely competitive but social also. Tweed Heads is a great club and the volunteers are all so nice. It is also great to get away from our winter for a week!"

It was the 4th such singles title for Jo who is now only one behind the tournament's all time champion, Australia's Karen Murphy, with 5 wins.

"This win was great. I had made a couple of changes in my delivery and it was a bit of a test to see if it worked."

The toughest game for the Nelson ace came against Henselite team-mate and rising Australian star, Ellen Ryan, in the semi-final. "She stormed out of the blocks really well and continued to play well the whole game. I think I showed a lot of patience throughout the game. Ellen is a lovely person and has a big future in the game."

The close semi-final win was a good lead up to the final where she faced tough competitor and seasoned campaigner, Kelsey Cottrell, eventually taking out the title 25-16.

Jo Edwards used Henselite Dreamline XGs which were the bowls of choice for the Nugget field with six out of 12 women and five out of 12 men using the popular Henselite model. Six of the 8 semi finalists used Dreamline XGs with Henselite team-mate, Jeremy Henry, taking the final honors in the men's draw.

"The conditions were pretty good the whole week," said Jo. "The last two days were a bit breezy but not too bad. My Dreamline XGs were great and handled the conditions really well."

Jo is now off to Moama to play in their invitation pairs tournament with fellow Blackjack, Val Smith. "It is such a great tournament and I am really looking forward to it. Then it's the BPL at Pine Rivers, then the big one: World Bowls in Christchurch in November/December."
 

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Jo Edwards wins 4th Nugget Crown