Im­pres­sive show­ing by North­land women

Whangarei Report - - Sport -

The purists may be down­play­ing the amaz­ing suc­cess of a small con­tin­gent of North­land bowlers in the New Zealand Masters Games held at Auck­land re­cently, on the grounds of the poor turnout, but any win over our close neigh­bours is a mer­i­to­ri­ous oc­ca­sion.

The Women’s Pairs 65-plus Years fi­nal was an all North­land af­fair with Ann Muir (Kens.) and Made­line Yovich (Kamo) de­feat­ing Kens­ing­ton’s Mau­reen Parker and Pam Brew­ster 12-7.

It was “on the edge of your seat stuff” for the North­land sup­port­ers in the Women’s 45-65 Years Pairs in the fi­nal of the roundrobin clash be­tween Kens­ing­ton’s Diane Straw­bridge and Kamo’s Carol Nee­ley (4 wins) and How­ick’s Estelle Hickey and Dar­i­hani Jayas­inghe (3 1/2 wins) which made it a must win clash.

The North­land pair, who had com­bined bril­liantly and adapted well to the un­usual light­ning fast greens, kept their cool lead­ing all the way. They fin­ished with 21 game points, 135 shots for and 53 against and an 82 dif­fer­en­tial. The How­ick Pair had a 16/126/57/49 score line.

On the first day of com­pe­ti­tion the North­land Pair set the yard­stick for the com­pe­ti­tion when they shocked the home crowd with a 17-3 win over the favoured Paku­ranga pair of Ali­son Ren­nie and Jill Fraser. Paku­ranga fin­ished third with a 15/125/60/65 score­line.

Big­ger and bet­ter things were to come when Kens­ing­ton’s Mau­reen Parker, Ann Muir, Pam Brew­ster and Diane Straw­bridge clashed with the Com­pos­ite team of Ali­son Ren­nie, Jill Fraser, Hetty Bolscher and Bev Crowe in the fi­nal of the Women’s Fours Masters Games 2016 Na­tional ti­tle.

The game built up to a dra­matic cli­max in the fi­nal end when Parker fought back from 6-7 down to hit the front 8-7 just as the fi­nal bell rang. Ren­nie still had a shot in hand and duly killed the end, the fourth time she had foiled the North­landers dur­ing the game. Back to the draw­ing board and Parker got the up­per­hand, not chang­ing ends with two shots up and then draw­ing in be­hind for third shot, wait­ing for Ren­nie’s run shots. They came but they missed, thank­fully for the girls in blue.

The ic­ing on the cake came in the fi­nal cham­pi­onship game when Diane Straw­bridge picked up her third gold medal. Part­nered by Bill Har­ris in the 2x4x2 Pairs, they de­feated the very strong pair­ing of Wayne Wrack and Diane Lawrence 9-7 in a “do or die” semi­fi­nal clash. In the fi­nal, against Gor­dan Ren­nie and Hetty Bolscher, nu­mer­ous ends were killed by the Auck­lan­ders but the Kens­ing­ton duo kept the good bowls com­ing and were ahead by the slimmest of mar­gins 8-7 when the bell sounded and the last shot counted.

Maun­gakaramea to box on

Fol­low­ing a spe­cial meet­ing of the Maun­gakaramea Bowl­ing Club, called by con­cerned mem­bers re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the club, it was de­cided to box on. The main dif­fer­ence next sea­son will be fewer open tour­na­ments, drop­ping from nine to five.

The club is ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port they have re­ceived from bowlers in the area and hope that this sup­port will carry on in the 2016-17 sea­son.

The main rea­son for call­ing the meet­ing was the loss of mem­bers, es­pe­cially key ones like sec­re­tary Bron­wyn Deane and her hus­band, leav­ing a ques­tion mark re­gard­ing its abil­ity to even form a com­mit­tee next sea­son.

For­tu­nately the club has an ar­ti­fi­cial green which is a ma­jor fac­tor on its abil­ity to func­tion.

More sup­port mer­ited

The an­nual Um­pires Triples tour­na­ment at­tracted a field of 27, but it could have been even bet­ter if the seven clubs that weren’t rep­re­sented had been.

Ow­ing to the state of the Whangarei greens play was trans­ferred to On­er­ahi.

Thanks to the gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of Mor­ris & Mor­ris Fu­neral Direc­tors prizes were paid out to the fol­low­ing teams. Roger Kerr-davis, Rose Tantau, Danny Ilieoski (On­er­ahi) 4/25/52 1st, John Man­ley, Heather Smeath, Glenys Sandi­lands (Kamo) 4/22/53 2nd, Robin Sowerby, Dave Mora, Glenda Nor­rispalmer (Comp) 4/20/49 3rd, Ian Bow­ick, Des Hollings, Jean Roxburgh (Comp) 4/20/36 4th, Gary Her­bert, Grant Bush, Ann Her­bert (Kens) 3.5/22/5 5th .

The scribe won’t be car­ry­ing on

Ow­ing to cir­cum­stances I have de­cided that this will be my fi­nal sea­son cov­er­ing bowls in the Re­port.

My main sup­port­ers have been the smaller clubs like One Tree Point, Mt. Manaia, Nun­guru, Maun­gakaramea, Maun­gat­a­pere, Hiku­rangi and my home club Kamo. While Gwen Law­son was the events man­ager for North­land, I also had a chance to write up rep­re­sen­ta­tive events, some­thing I have found dif­fi­cult to do un­der the present setup.

My thanks go out to those peo­ple who en­sured cards were handed in mak­ing it pos­si­ble to do the job I have en­joyed do­ing ever since com­ing to Whangarei from Kaitaia.

Thanks also go to man­age­ment of the Re­port for al­low­ing me space to pub­li­cise the sport I en­joy and the ca­ma­raderie that goes with it.

KENS­ING­TON’S Ann Muir (above) com­bined with Made­line Yovich (Kamo) to de­feat Kens­ing­ton’s Mau­reen Parker and Pam Brew­ster 12-7 in the all North­land fi­nals of the Women’s Pairs 65-plus Years at the re­cent New Zealand Masters Games held at Auck­land.

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