Hamil­ton bowlers win in­door ti­tles

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Paul Walker

Pos­si­bil­ity be­came re­al­ity when Hamil­ton Work­ing­men’s Club won all three Clubs New Zealand In­door Bowls North Is­land Cham­pi­onship events.

The cham­pi­onship was hosted in Te Awa­mutu by Waipa Work­ing­man’s Club.

A former res­i­dent and in­door bowls player from Ki­hik­ihi, Ge­orghie Sirbu skipped Ash­leigh Tan­field to win the pairs ti­tle (14-2) in a one-sided game against Carol Lovell and Lyn Martin rep­re­sent­ing Otoro­hanga Club.

The pair con­ceded de­feat af­ter seven of the sched­uled nine ends had been con­tested.

In the semi-fi­nals, Lovell/martin elim­i­nated Roger An­drew and Dale Stan­ton (Hor­shoe Club) 10-5, while Sirbu/tan­field ousted fel­low Hamil­ton WMC mem­bers Mal­colm Chan­dler (holder of 12 ti­tles) and John Steer 9-5.

Paul and Mar­lene Walker (Waipa WMC) qual­i­fied but were elim­i­nated in the round of last eight by the run­ner-up pair.

The triples fi­nal was a nail-biter with the scores tied 7-7 af­ter the reg­u­la­tion nine ends had been played.

On the ex­tra end, Steve Flaszyn­ski, Terry Boyle and Bob Lord (HWMC) ap­plied pres­sure from the first bowl to take the hon­ours. The op­por­tu­nity was there for Sue Hack­ett, Kath Arvid­son and Bar­bara Gos­nell (Castle­cliff Club) to draw or move the jack to their ad­van­tage but it was not to be.

In the semi­fi­nals, Flasynki’s team de­nied Chan­dler a shot at his 13th ti­tle when they de­feated his team of Kelly O’neill and Clare Gin­nane (both 10 time ti­tle hold­ers) 9-5 and the Castle­cliff trio de­feated David Hamil­ton, Ross Hamil­ton and Nigel Parker from the Taradale Club 11-1.

Both Waipa teams (Mary Southey, David Moore, Dave Southey, and Arthur Pitcher, Olga Barnes, Mar­ion Britton) qual­i­fied for post sec­tion play.

The HWMC four led 5-2, only to see Ro­torua lead 7-5 at the end of seven. The scores were tied 7-7 af­ter eight ends and Flasyn­ski made it two ti­tles for the week­end by scor­ing the all-im­por­tant one shot on end nine.

In the semi-fi­nals, Flaszyn­ski’s team de­feated Dave Wark, Ruth Roberts, Shirley Wark and Vic Gunko (Kamo Club) 13-5, while Bryant’s team ac­counted for Ian Han­cock, Peter Fisher, War­ren Davis and Chris­tine Rankin (Otoro­hanga Club).

ASB Stadium at Te Awa­mutu Events Cen­tre was full to ca­pac­ity with in­door bowlers for the Clubs New Zealand In­door Bowls North Is­land Cham­pi­onship.

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