Man­gonui play­ers punch above weight

The Northland Age - - Sport -

9-BOWL TRIPLES. Play­ers from the Man­gonui club claimed first and sec­ond place at the Karikari club’s an­nual 9-bowl triples fundrais­ing tour­na­ment in Whatuwhi­whi last Thurs­day evening.

A field of 10 teams played four games of seven ends and a 38-minute game time limit, lo­cal com­men­ta­tor Steve Joyce noted in his weekly round up.

“The Karikari club has never won its own tour­na­ment and we were hop­ing to change that this year. I did se­lect what I thought would be win­ning teams. Alas it was not to be — again!” Joyce said, in re­fer­ring to the Man­gonui club­bers, “who al­ways seems to punch above their weight,” tak­ing the two top spots with a Wai­harara team plac­ing third.

Fi­nal re­sults were, Peter Sole, Janet Sole and “ring-in” Wardy 1; Clayton Jones, Lynne Poo­ley and Bill Camp­bell 2; Joe Milich, Marge Milich and Fred­die Pet­rice­vich 3; while the best sports prize went to the team of Stephen Yuretich, Ivan Jurlina and Joleen Waaka.

“Like the Dal­ma­tian club events, Karikari al­ways pro­vides lovely food and a good se­lec­tion of raf­fle prizes and so it was again this year.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was great, the com­peti­tors were great, the food was great and a good evening was had by all,” Joyce said, thank­ing on be­half of or­gan­is­ers to ev­ery­one who helped or­gan­ise the evening.

DRAWN PAIRS. The high­light from the pre­vi­ous Thurs­day (May 30) was see­ing two lo­cal play­ers con­tin­u­ing their re­cent spell of good form by fea­tur­ing in the first and sec­ond­placed teams re­spec­tively at a drawn pairs tour­na­ment held at the Kaitaia Pri­mary School hall.

The night also featured a field of 10 teams con­test­ing a format of four games of nine ends apiece, Joyce said.

“Go­ing into the last game, two teams had three wins and were look­ing for a clean sweep but it was not to be as both lost their last game bring­ing two other teams into the equa­tion which left four sides with three wins apiece.”

This meant the fi­nal re­sult had to be de­cided on count­back with Stephen Yuretich and Helen Fisher (aka “the diminu­tive grey haired grand­mother” who won a sin­gles tour­na­ment two weeks’ pre­vi­ous) claim­ing first place, leav­ing Lynne Poo­ley and Mark Crosby — one half of the com­bi­na­tion of the win­ners of a re­cent ‘pairs’ tour­na­ment — to settle for the run­ners-up spot.

“Ob­vi­ously Helen and Mark are go­ing through a pur­ple patch at the mo­ment,” Joyce con­cluded.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Graham ‘Wardy’ Ward with Janet and Peter Sole.

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