Congratulations to Onehunga & Districts on becoming our new Bowls3Five Interclub Champions.
The semi-finals and final were played last night at Carlton Cornwall Bowls. The Semi’s live draw for club’s, teams and rinks was completed and play began – after the arrival of a couple of late-comers – at 5:45pm. Beautiful conditions and a great atmosphere as Pt Chevalier Pirates took on New Lynn and Onehunga & Districts faced Bridge Park. The Pirates had a 3-0 clean sweep over New Lynn to land the first spot in the Final and Onehunga & Districts 2-1 over Bridge Park to secure their place. A very quick break to grab a drink and some of Jimmy’s Chips and they were back out to play the final – again after a live draw of teams and rinks.
The Final was fiercely contested on all three rinks, and at times it was hard to know where to look – a good crew of spectators positioned in the middle in front of the club house seemed to have the perfect view. Rink 4 saw a clean sets win to the Pirates 7-0, 7-2 and with Rink 3 leaning heavily towards Onehunga & Districts, all eyes were on Rink 2. As with this time of year the light started to fade quite rapidly and with under 10 mins to play James Williams came to the rescue with Builders lights so our bowlers could see the head. After some really close ends the game on Rink 2 went to Onehunga & Districts 6-3, 9-7 and the game on Rink 3 saw the Pirates concede on the fourth end of the second set Onehunga & Districts winning 10-1, 8-1 and taking the Final 3-2.
Congratulations to Onehunga & Districts who now go through to play the winner of the match between Waihi RSA (Thames Valley) and Papakura Bowling Club (Counties Manukau). We wish them the best of luck and will keep you posted as to where and when this match will be played.
Special thanks for the evening go to Carlton Cornwall for hosting, James Williams for preparing the greens, keeping everyone supplied with Jimmy’s Chips and for coming to the rescue with the builders lights. Jeanette Sinclair and Max Hamilton for being our commentators, Gerard Hulst for keeping everyone watered and finally Bev Crowe for overseeing the draws and cards. Janine Young and Paul Tuckley awesome as usual.