‘Sissies’ need not ap­ply

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Lawn bowls ain’t a game for sissies was the gen­eral con­sen­sus among com­peti­tors as the Clas­sic Fours event was con­tested in scorch­ing sum­mer con­di­tions in Kerik­eri ear­lier this month.

With tem­per­a­tures in the high twen­ties, play­ers from How­ick, Kens­ing­ton, Wai­tangi, Cooper’s Beach, Kamo and Kerik­eri com­peted for prizes and shady spots at the Putts Green Florist tour­na­ment, with the for­mat of four games of 1 hour 20 min­utes cer­tainly tax­ing all who took part.

The greens were wa­tered at lunchtime, an event re­port not­ing it would have been very tempt­ing for some play­ers to stand un­der the spray!

Win­ners on the day — where it was noted some of this team were turn­ing that into a reg­u­lar habit — were Jon and An­nette Young with Lyn McKeat­ing and Tracy Kaste­lan (all Kerik­eri). Run­ners-up were Ray Gl­o­goski, Becky Papera, El­laine Al­bury and Paul Ve­gar (Kerik­eri); while third placeget­ters were Brian Lind­say, Kelvin Robin­son, Dave Kerr and Bruce Scott (Kamo/ Kerik­eri).

The af­ter­match speeches once again praised the qual­ity of the greens, which boded well for other ma­jor up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions this sum­mer, while thanks also went to the match com­mit­tee for all their hard work which in­cluded the prepa­ra­tion of gen­er­ous morn­ing and af­ter­noon teas.

■ UP­COM­ING. The next com­pe­ti­tion at Kerik­eri is the Makana Con­fec­tions 2x4x2 Open (any com­bi­na­tion) on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 23; fol­lowed by the LJ Hooker Kerik­eri Men’s Ma­jor Triples on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 and 14.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Jon Young, An­nette Young, Lyn McKeat­ing and Tracy Kaste­lan, the first placeget­ters in the Clas­sic Fours in Kerik­eri.

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