Debbie White (Hinuera) has staged a remarkable comeback to win her maiden national title at the Summerset National Singles and Pairs at Carlton Cornwall Bowls in Auckland.
White has overturned a 20-11 deficit to stun former Blackjack Selina Goddard (Carlton Cornwall) 21-20 in the women’s singles final and deny her a second title in three years.
“I thought that I was gone, but I also had a belief that if I just stuck in there and just really, really, really dug deep, I fancied myself,” White said.
She started her comeback by picking up one shot on the 20th end and then scored a four, three and a one on the next three to incredibly level the match.
Goddard put the pressure back on White on the 24th and ultimately deciding end and held two shots after her first two bowls.
That’s when the BNZ agribusiness credit analyst stepped up to draw what was ultimately the match-winning bowl.
“I had to play the shot of my life to draw that shot to get it there and it’s one I’ll never forget.”
But Debbie White then had to wait for Goddard’s reply, with the local hope holding the final bowl of the match.
“I felt physically sick,” White said.
“I just couldn’t watch it. I knew she would have a go.”
To White’s relief Goddard’s drive missed the target and the vocal Hinuera supporters erupted in applause.
“Everyone from my work is here so if any farmers want any money today they’re not getting any.”
While continues a proud family legacy in the sport.
Her mother Jennie Simpson represented New Zealand at the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games and claimed a silver in the women’s triples in Brisbane.
“She inspires me all the time…if I can be half as good a bowler as what she was I can be very happy.”
Debbie White will now emulate her mother when she represents New Zealand at the World Champion of Champion Singles in Adelaide later this year.