Fi­nals de­liver class ac­tion

The Northland Age - - Sport -

An­other two do­mes­tic cham­pi­onship events were com­pleted at the Cooper’s Beach Bowl­ing Club re­cently.

In ex­tremely hot con­di­tions, four women’s teams and seven men con­tested triples ti­tles in a two-bowls for­mat play­ing a two-life sys­tem of 18 ends or 13⁄4 hours, with no time limit for the fi­nal/ pos­si­ble fi­nal.

Four games were played on the Satur­day with Pam Nay­lor, Kyra Ra­pana and Shirley Marr bat­tling Liz Wal­ters, Mary Wright and Sue Smith for the women’s ti­tle after the two teams had ad­vanced to fi­nal day’s play on Sun­day, both on one life each.

It was noted Wal­ters’ team got away to a fly­ing start but dropped a 5 with two ends to go to make the score 16-11. This set up an in­ter­est­ing fin­ish in which Nay­lor needed an­other 5 shots to force an ex­tra end. Wal­ters’ team was hav­ing none of it, how­ever, and went on to win 17-12. The other teams en­tered were Mar­garet Wild­bore, Gle­nis Love and Gaye Parker; and Ngaire Watts, Val Hall and Sh­eryl He­taraka.

The men’s ti­tle was taken out by Peter Wil­son, Stu Ped­er­son and Garr Sparnon with both lives after they beat Nigel Les­lie, Doug Robb and Bar­rie Mor­gan who had ad­vanced to the pos­si­ble fi­nal with one life left. It was a real bat­tle by all ac­counts with Les­lie’s team lead­ing 10-5 after 11 ends, and 12-9 after 14, but then drop­ping a four, one and four on the next three ends al­low­ing Wil­son and his team to tri­umph an 18-12.

Other teams in the men’s field were Jack Hughes, Trevor Wil­cox and John Ra­pana; Bryon Corfield, Den­nis Breckon and Mike Bairstow; Ross Hulme, Ken Smith and De­nis Hai­ley; Jim Nay­lor, Dave Roughton and Steve Bar­ber; and Barry Towns­ley, Den­nis Lat­timer and Ivan Zagni. Both fi­nals were ex­cit­ing to watch with or­gan­is­ers thank­ing those who turned up to sup­port, and those who as­sisted over both days.

The Cooper’s Beach club ran the Pam Roughton Wrathall Rose­bowl (any com­bi­na­tion triples) event on Satur­day; re­port forth­com­ing.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Mary Wright, Liz Wal­ters and Sue Smith and Peter Wil­son, Stu Ped­er­son and Garry Sparnon, win­ners of the women’s and men’s triples ti­tles at Cooper’s Beach ear­lier this month.

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