This past weekend we had the Auckland Men’s and Women’s Pairs. Two full days of play saw the Women completing the Semi’s with the final to be played and the Men completing their quarters with their semi’s and final still to be played. Both men and women will complete this competition on the 6-7 April at the Auckland Finals weekend.
The first round of Post-Section in the Women’s saw the pairing of Ashleigh Jeffcoat and Kimberley Hemingway (Carlton Cornwall) take a convincing win over Royal Oak’s Gale Ward and Tere Tuaiti 25-6. Another Carlton win on the next rink with Darshani Jayasinghe and Helen Blick Carlton Cornwall winning over Aggie Motu and Kirsty Hill Onehunga & Districts 21-13. The match between Catherine Bien, Ling Qu St Heliers and Helen van der Walt, Liz Badenhorst saw another Carlton win 24-9. The next match saw the only non-Carlton team go through with Maria Smith and Carol Bennett Onehunga & Districts winning over Selina Goddard and Rebecca Jelley Carlton Cornwall. In the last of the 9am games it was another Carlton win with Karen de Jongh and Bev Crowe taking the Match 19-18 from New Lynn’s Liz Rereiti and Mary Purcell. The second round had the green looking like a Carlton Club competition with five out of the eight quarter finalists from the club.
Game one in the second round of the day Moira Johansen and Leah Morgan New Lynn win over Bunty Hotene and Alice Evans Bridge Park. In the all Carlton Match-up between Hetty Bolscher, Estelle Hickey and Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Kimberley Hemingway it was the later taking the semi-final spot with a massive 26-1 win in the 11th end. A closer game in the other all Carlton quarter with Darshani Jayasinghe and Helen Blick taking a 19-10 win over club mates Helen van der Walt and Liz Badenhorst. Maria Smith and Carol Bennett Onehunga & Districts took a good win over Karen de Jongh and Bev Crowe Carlton Cornwall 17-8.
It was the young talent of Ashleigh Jeffcoat and Kimberley Hemingway Carlton Cornwall who took out the first spot in the semi’s 21-10 over Moira Johansen and Leah Morgan New Lynn. While in the other semi it was Darshani Jayasinghe and Helen Blick Carlton Cornwall over Maria Smith and Carol Bennett Onehunga & Districts 19-16 in a very close match.
We look forward to seeing the all Carlton Cornwall final between Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Kimberley Hemingway and Darshani Jayasinghe, Helen Blick in April.
In the Men’s competition there were some big battles, often with the score not reflecting the closeness of the match. Round one and two saw us get down to the quarters, the first was an all Howick affair with Mike Savage and Les Brown winning a closely fought match against Warwick Alexander and Richard Ludbrook 19-18. The second an all Pt Chevalier affair with the talented pairing of Aiden Takarua and Alex Reed winning 22-11 against the skilled pair of Nick Thompson and Steve Hoeft. It was the NZ Open champs Mike Galloway and Martin Dixon Royal Oak taking the next semi spot over Ciaran MacElvanna and Rory Soden Mangere in a neck and neck all the way 18-17. The final spot in the semi’s went to the first team off the green Mangere: Chris Lowe and Jordon King had a comfortable win over Paul Renwick and Allan Spence St Heliers.
In the Semi’s Mike Savage and Les Smith Howick will face Aiden Takarua and Alex Reed Pt Chevalier. Mike Galloway and Martin Dixon Royal Oak will take on Chris Lowe and Jordon King Mangere. These semi’s and the consequent final will be played on the 6-7 April at the Auckland Finals weekend.
Thank you very much to all our host clubs and headquarters Balmoral. Thank you to our Umpires for section play and to Paulene Murdoch who Umpired both days and lastly thanks to our Chief Umpire Jeanette Sinclair. Congratulations to all, for a great weekend of bowls.