Weather wreaks havoc with Rose­bowl tour­ney

The Northland Age - - Sport -

The frus­trat­ing pat­ten of wet weather this sum­mer con­tin­ued to create prob­lems for the or­gan­is­ers of the Pam and Dave Roughton Wrathall Rose­bowl at Cooper’s Beach ear­lier this month.

For the se­cond time, rain cut short pro­ceed­ings in the open mixed triples tour­na­ment short on Sun­day, March 4 (the event had al­ready been rained out on Fe­bru­ary 10), which drew a field of 16 teams from Kerik­eri, Oruru, Far North RSA and host clubs.

Con­di­tions of play were four games of 1 hour 15 min­utes with two back-to-back games played be­fore and af­ter lunch.

The first game was un­der­way when rain de­scended and while it was even­tu­ally com­pleted, ev­ery­one was left some­what bedrag­gled. All went in to the clu­b­rooms to dry out and en­joy a wel­come cuppa only to find the skies re­fused to clear. This forced the match com­mit­tee to draw the re­main­ing games on cards, which led to a lot of good hu­moured ban­ter be­tween teams, fol­lowed by an early lunch.

Re­sults were: Robin Sh­effield, Chris­tine Ho­dren, Graeme Ho­dren (Keri) 4 wins, 61 points, 1; Den­nis Breckon, Tr­ish Breckon, Patsy Thorn­ton (Cooper’s ) 3, 58, 2; Jim Nay­lor, Pam Nay­lor, Den­nis Lat­timer (Cooper’s) 21⁄2, 66, 3; and, lucky draw: Dave Rid­dle, Pam Rayner, Len Cooke (RSA/ Cooper’s).

In other news from Cooper’s Beach, the club ran its mixed pairs cham­pi­onship the fol­low­ing Tues­day (March 6) in very con­trast­ing con­di­tions where ev­ery­one was swel­ter­ing.

The top four qual­i­fiers from the 14 com­bi­na­tions were, Dave and Pam Roughton 4 wins, 27 ends, 56 points, 1; Mar­garet Wild­bore, Trevor Smith 4, 25, 53, 2; Alan Bright, Shirley Marr 3, 23, 40, 3; and, Den­nis Lat­timer, Patsy Thorn­ton 3, 18, 29, 4. The Roughtons went on to dis­pose of Alan and Shirley 8-6, while the Wild­bore/ Smith com­bi­na­tion elim­i­nated Lat­timer and Thorn­ton 8-4.

Into the fi­nal and Pam, as she had done all day, played su­perb lead bowls al­low­ing the Roughtons to claim the ti­tle.

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“It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said, say­ing the last 6km were the hardest as her shoes be­came wa­ter­logged. Lo­cal ath­letes to fea­ture in the top plac­ings in the half marathon were, Mar­cus Barker first man home (in his first Te Houtaewa) in 1:42:36, only sec­onds be­hind Steiner. Other lo­cals to make the top five were Ahipara’s Jon Earn­shaw, fourth in 1:55:41, and Kaitaia’s Riki Green fifth in 1:56:51. It was Green’s first half marathon and he man­aged a smile at the fin­ish line.

“Been train­ing for a good month,” he said, adding con­di­tions couldn’t have been bet­ter: “That rain was awe­some, Just kept us cool. If it was sunny, I don’t know . . . [how well I would have gone].”

There were eight run­ners in the ul­tra (with a cou­ple hav­ing to pull out be­fore com­plet­ing due to in­jury), three in the marathon, an es­ti­mated 20 in the half marathon, and four teams do­ing the ul­tra marathon re­lay, won by Team Kaitaia Col­lege in 4:38:39. Or­gan­is­ers were also pleased to see dozens par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 6km Walk for Life — many of those get­ting into the spirit of the occasion by dress­ing up — which once again raised money for the lo­cal hospice.

Pe­ter Kitchen said ev­ery­one was pleased to re­turn the chal­lenge to the Kaitaia ac­tiv­i­ties cal­en­dar fol­low­ing an ab­sence over the past cou­ple years,

“This race is all all about bring­ing peo­ple into our area to see the beauty and unique na­ture of our en­vi­ron­ment of the Te Oneroa a Tohe. With­out our spon­sors, we don’t achieve this so we want to give a big shout out to Kaitaia,” he said. There were prizes galore thanks to the lo­cal the busi­ness com­mu­nity, which meant nearly ev­ery­one walked away with some­thing.

TOP TWO: Dave Roughton and Pam Roughton with Mar­garet Wild­bore and Trevor Smith, win­ners and run­ners-up re­spec­tively in a mixed pairs cham­pi­onships at Cooper’s Beach.

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