Host Woodville club wins both cups


It may be lo­cal knowl­edge or lo­cal skill and prob­a­bly both but hosts Woodville took out both the Grin­ling­ton Chal­lenge and the Byrne cups in the an­nual quad­ran­gu­lar tour­na­ment between Woodville, Pahiatua, Dan­nevirke and Ash­hurst on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

Each club hosts the tour­na­ment in turn and Woodville was de­lighted to get the tour­na­ment com­pleted given that Dan­nevirke’s tour­na­ment was washed out after one round in 2017 and Ash­hurst was washed out on two days — the ac­tual day and re­serve day in 2016.

The tour­na­ment in­volves 10 play­ers from each club, five ju­niors com­pet­ing for the Grin­ling­ton Chal­lenge Cup which dates back to 1906 and five se­niors com­pet­ing for the Byrne Cup, first played for in 1936.

The for­mat has been changed from the orig­i­nal of sin­gles, pairs and fours to a much more in­clu­sive three rounds com­pris­ing:

Round 1: three ball pairs and two bowl triples;

Round 2: sin­gles and five bowl fours;

Round 3: 2x4x2 pairs and three bowl triples.

Or­gan­iser Les Web­ster (vi­cepres­i­dent of Bowls Manawatu) was de­lighted to see a full turnout and the weather, al­though cold, at least dry. Given the re­cent rain the greens were un­der­stand­ably heavy but beau­ti­fully man­i­cured.

Re­sults: Grin­ling­ton Cup 1 Woodville, 2 Ash­hurst, 3 Dan­nevirke, 4 Pahiatua.

Byrne Cup: 1 Woodville, 2 Pahiatua, 3 Dan­nevirke, 4 Ash­hurst.

Com­pet­i­tive bowls will be busy be­fore Christ­mas with the cre­ation of the Tararua Quad­ran­gu­lar Tour­na­ment in­volv­ing the same clubs start­ing Oc­to­ber 27 and run­ning fort­nightly. This re­places the Bowls NZ In­ter­club Tour­na­ment which has been can­celled by the gov­ern­ing body. It in­volves pairs, triples and fours.

Bowls, like most sports, is strug­gling to re­cruit play­ers. One player on Sun­day com­mented, “We were five down and in one end we caught up — that’s the joy of bowls. It’s a pity so many are sit­ting at home and miss­ing out on this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Dan­nevirke Bowls had its own suc­cess on Oc­to­ber 13 when its team of Jim Hard­ing, Ed­die War­ring­ton, Ge­orge Withey and Grant Main­war­ing won the Manawatu Clas­sic Fours.

Grant Main­war­ing of Dan­nevirke, well in­su­lated against the cold, leads in the Byrne Cup.

Skip for Woodville, Judy Parker, mea­sures to de­cide points against Pahiatua in the Grin­ling­ton Chal­lenge Cup.

Barbara Pratt of Ash­hurst bowls in her match against Woodville.

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