With the bad weather Saturday all play was transferred to New Lynn Bowling Club’s covered green.
SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2019
Women’s Singles Final
Ling Qu (St Heliers) vs Ashleigh Jeffcoat (Carlton Cornwall)
In the Women’s Singles Final a closely fought contest. Qu made a strong start and was up 8-4 in the 6th end, but by the 11th end they were tied up on 10-10 and again in the 14th on 12-12. From here Jeffcoat ramped-up her game and added 7 pts in the next three ends, taking her to 19pts, with Qu answering in singles on the following three ends bringing her score to 15pts, not enough to catch Jeffcoat who took a two in the next end and the match 21-15.
Men’s Singles Semi Finals
Brett Proffitt (Papatoetoe Hunters Corner) vs James Williams (Carlton Cornwall) won by James Williams 21-18 and the other semi between Warwick Frederikson (New Lynn) vs Richard Kempthorne (St Heliers) was won by Warwick Frederikson 21-19
Men’s Pairs Semi Finals
Michael Savage, Les Brown (Howick) vs Aiden Takarua, Alex Reed (Pt Chevalier) Michael Savage and Les Brown taking the match 20-11 and in the other semi between Mike Galloway, Martin Dixon (Royal Oak) vs Chris Lowe, Jordan King (Mangere) it was the Mangere boys who took the match 19-17 and their place in the final.
Women’s Pairs Final
Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Kimberley Hemingway (Carlton Cornwall) vs Darshani Jayasinghe, Helen Blick (Carlton Cornwall). An all Carlton affair saw the younger pairing of Jeffcoat and Hemingway take control of the match from the beginning, only relinquishing the lead twice – and only by one pt for the entirety of the match. Jayasinghe and Blick stayed close but by the 11th end Jeffcoat and Hemingway charged ahead and took the match 25-14 – Ashleigh Jeffcoat’s Second Centre title for the day – a great achievement.
Men’s Singles Final
Another great final, Warwick Frederikson – New Lynn vs James Williams – Carlton Cornwall, the match saw the home bowler take an early lead, Frederikson up 8-2 in the ninth end, Williams made a come-back and it was all tied up 8-8 at the 13th and 17th, from here it stayed fairly close until the 19th when Frederikson picked up a Four 17-11, Williamson answered with a two the following end closing the gap to 17-13 but Frederikson took the following two ends and the Title 21-13. Congratulations Warwick.
Men’s Pairs Final
Another great battle for the Auckland Men’s Pairs – Michael Savage, Les Brown (Howick) vs Chris Lowe, Jordan King (Mangere). A very close match going end-to-end , tied-up 6-6 in the sixth end and 8-8 in the ninth, Mangere chipping away from there with good consistency, Howick never far behind – but Mangere just out of reach – winning the match 18-15.
Men’s Triples Final
What a final! Aiden Takarua, Alex Reed, Nick Thompson (Point Chevalier) vs Mike Galloway, Martin Dixon, Gavin Brown (Royal Oak). Pt Chevalier took an early lead and were 9-3 up by the eighth end, but the Royal Oak trio fought back and closed the gap to just one 11-12 in the 12th, from there the Pirates forged ahead and by the 17th end looked like they had the match, only for the Rockets to take a massive five in the 18th tying it all up 18-18 and forcing the extra end. Royal Oak, on a roll looked to have the end in hand. Galloway drew a toucher with his first and then covered the back with his second only for Takarua to execute a brilliant run-shot with his last bowl, securing the point to take the match and the title for Pt Chevalier 19-18.
SUNDAY 7th APRIL 2019
Men’s Fours Final
Beautiful, if not cooler conditions for the Auckland Men’s Fours Final at Carlton Cornwall Bowls, a stark contrast to yesterday’s weather. Gojko Bulog, Mate Tolj, Ken McDermott, Barry Green (Carlton Cornwall) vs Mike Galloway, Martin Dixon, David Akaruru, James Gavin (Royal Oak). It was the Royal Oak Rockets who charged ahead in this match and by the sixth end were 14-1 up – it was looking pretty grim for the Carlton men, but not to be written-off they fought back – to the delight of the Carlton supporters and the next four ends racked-up 9 pts, closing the gap to 10-14. Unfortunately for Carlton this was a close as they got, Royal Oak chipped away and were just too hard to catch – The Rockets taking the title 20-13.
Finally the Thank you’s!
A massive thanks to all our competitors this weekend, it was disappointing with the great weather we’ve had all season to have move the Finals to the covered green. Thanks to Carlton Cornwall and James Williams – who made every effort on Saturday to keep us on the naturals. Thank you to New Lynn for coming to the rescue when we had to admit defeat. Thank you to our Umpire Jeanette Sinclair who officiated for the weekend and to our markers on Saturday Bev Crowe, Max Hamilton and Jenny Stockford. Thanks to Carlton for hosting Sunday. Thanks to our commentators on Saturday Esther Eu and Helen Murray and on Sunday Alex Reed, Aiden Takarua and J.C. – and to Paul Tuckley for the live stream.