Stoke bowler Rhonda Bellis with Stoke Bowling Club president Brian Twohill after she was congratulated on winning the singles, pairs, triples and fours uring the club season. Photo Jacob Page

Rhonda replicates aunt with bowls haul


Stoke bowler Rhonda Bellis has emulated her aunt by winning the club’s four main women’s trophies.

Rhonda won the singles, pairs, triples and fours and was named women’s bowler of the year at the club’s awards night on Friday.

Her family have been an integral part of the club for generations, both club greens are named after her family.

“I grew up being carted around to national championships in a caravan, so bowls is in my blood.”

The feat was achieved by her aunt Orma Carter 20 years ago and she is teammates with the last person to achieve it, Marie Watson.

Rhonda was not going to play the singles until she was convinced by teammate and defending champion Barbara Thomason.

“Barb said if I entered she would, so it was a little friendly competition.”

Rhonda says playing with Barbara and Marie for many years meant they knew each other’s games and were able to gel as a team. “I owe a lot of my success to them.”

Rhonda has also represented New Zealand at indoor bowls.

She returned home to Nelson in 2008 and has been a regular Champion of Champions winner in Nelson for many years.