Can­ter­bury clinch semi­fi­nal berth


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Hosts Can­ter­bury com­pleted a stun­ning come­back at the na­tional women’s in­ter­provin­cial to se­cure a semi­fi­nal berth at Waitikiri Golf Club along­side Auck­land and North Har­bour yes­ter­day.

Play­ing in the fea­ture match against an un­beaten Welling­ton side first up, Can­ter­bury found them­selves down in four of five matches through nine holes, how­ever they turned things around to win by a nar­row 3-2 mar­gin.

With all five matches fin­ish­ing with 2 and

1 win­ning mar­gins it was al­ways tight, but the big­gest come­back was Cather­ine Bell who was three-down early in the day to fight back and earn her team a vi­tal point against Alanah Gullery.

Hil­lary O’Con­nor and Olive Tapu were Can­ter­bury’s other win­ners while Welling­ton’s No 1 and No 5 – Darae Chung and Anita Hark­erss – did the job for Welling­ton who now face a must-win match to­day.

‘‘It feels amaz­ing, but the girls have all done re­ally well, we kept fight­ing and I’m just stoked for the team at this stage,’’ said Bell.

This year seems to bring back mem­o­ries of

2015 when Can­ter­bury won just down the road in Ash­bur­ton. ‘‘Yeah, there’s a sim­i­lar feel­ing with heaps of sup­port here which makes it feel like home and helps us re­lax. Hope­fully with ev­ery­one hav­ing the day off on Satur­day they can help us through.’’

If all goes to script, a clas­sic Can­ter­bury v Auck­land fi­nal is pos­si­ble as the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons also had a per­fect day to con­firm their place in the fi­nal four.

Af­ter claim­ing an­other 5-0 win­ning mar­gin in the morn­ing over Otago, things looked slightly nerve wrack­ing against North­land in the early af­ter­noon be­fore their class showed.

This leaves ev­ery player in the Auck­land team un­beaten en­ter­ing the fi­nal day of pool play with their ‘worst’ team re­sult be­ing a 41⁄2-1⁄2 vic­tory.

North Har­bour fin­ished strongly to en­sure their fi­nal four spot with a 4-1 win over North­land and a 3-2 win over Otago.

To­day acts as a quar­ter­fi­nal for Welling­ton and Manawatu-Whanganui who go head to head for the fi­nal place in the top four.

Can­ter­bury golfer Olive Tapu (right) gets con­grat­u­la­tions from man­ager Kate Turner af­ter her win against Welling­ton at Waitikiri yes­ter­day.

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