A great weekend of Bowls not interrupted by the impending weather forecast as expected. The Men had a fairly trouble-free Saturday and all play was finished in good time.
Our first team through to the Auckland Men’s Triples final was Mike Galloway, Martin Dixon and Gavin Brown – Royal Oak. The team from Royal Oak began their road to the final with straight wins in Section Play on the artificials at Remuera. Their first round in Post-Section they took on St Heliers Paul Renwick winning 21-14, leading to the quarters where they met Gary Lawrence’s Carlton Cornwall team again winning 21-14. Their semi was against David Shackleton, Anthony Klarich, Garry Hewett – Papatoetoe Hunters Corner was won a convincing 19-9.
Our other finalist, the Point Chevalier team of Aiden Takarua, Alex Reed and Nick Thompson began their journey with their section win at Mt Albert. A bye in the first round of post-section, saw the Pt Chev team go straight into quarters against Gordon Smith’s Pringle Park, winning with a convincing 21-5. On to the semis, where they took on last year’s champs Chris Lowe’s Mangere team. Like Pt Chev they won their section at Mt Albert, their first round of Post-Section was a close match 16-15 against Luka Mataora’s Bridge Park. Their quarter final game was won 21-14 against Jeremy Brosnan’s Glen Eden Team. But the semis were where the competition ended for Mangere’s Chris Lowe, Jordon King and Ciaran Macelvanna as they went down 19-11 to the Pt Chevalier team. A good crowd for this semi and a great match to watch, the last game of the day to finish, the last bowl being delivered minutes before the rain arrived.
Royal Oak will play Pt Chevalier on Finals Weekend 6th-7th April.
The Women’s Singles got off to a wet start for some, but the rain soon cleared, and the rest of the day was pretty pleasant. Last year’s champ Carol Bennett – Onehunga and Districts had a good day in Section Play at Balmoral with straight wins, this didn’t carry through to Post Section where the champ bowed out first round to our eventual Finalist Ashleigh Jeffcoat – Carlton Cornwall. Ashleigh’s final run also began at Balmoral and also with straight wins. Round one post-section 21-4 to Jeffcoat vs Bennett. A great quarter-final match against Sue Scott – Pt Chevalier, Jeffcoat taking the win 21-19. The Semi saw Jeffcoat take on Blockhouse Bay’s Esther Eu, Jeffcoat took any early lead and held it right through the match. Eu made a final charge and closed the gap to just two points 18-20 in the 20th end, too late for Eu however Jeffcoat taking a one and the match 21-18.
Our other finalist Ling Qu – St Heliers won her section at St Heliers on NTOS. Qu’s first game of Post-Section was against Karen Hema – Carlton Cornwall. This game started fairly evenly with just one point in it at the 13th end 10-9 to Qu, but the St Heliers player ramped-up next end and by the 18th Qu was leading 20-9. Going on to take the match 21-13. Qu faced another Carlton Cornwall talent in Linda Ralph another close match, Ralph leading 16-15 in the 15th end. Qu did not let Ralph score from the 14th and went on to take the match 21-16 in the 18th. Qu’s semi match was against yet another Carlton Cornwall player Jill Fraser and was a real battle. It was very close at the start of the match and was a tied-up nine a piece in the 12th, Fraser then went ahead and until the 22nd where again it was tied at 17-17 and again in the 24th 19-19. Fraser took the lead with a one 20-19 in the 25th – but Qu came back to take the match with a measured two. Great game!
Ashleigh Jeffcoat and Ling Qu will play their Final on Finals Weekend 6th-7th April.