Impressive showing by Northland women
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.