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Around the Greens: Club bowls news

Poverty Bay

Twilight bowls is proving a great success at Poverty Bay Bowling Club.

This season the club has scheduled some championships to be played on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Play starts at 5pm and finishes about 8.45pm under lights.

The club held the first of these events, the junior men's and women's triples, last week. Players commented on the magical atmosphere. It was cooler later in the evening, there was almost no external noise, and on the Tuesday it was completely calm.

Only two teams entered the men's event but it was very competitive and made for great viewing.

Games lasted 12 ends or one hour 45 minutes.

In the first round, the team of Dawson Owen (skip), Richard Jones (director) and John Andrews (lead) beat Andrew Ball (s), Otto Louw (d) and Dusty Miller (l), 13-8.

In the second round, Ball's team beat Owen's 10-9.

In the final, Owen's team led 10-9 after the 11th end but on the last end Ball's team took three points to win the junior triples championship 12-10.

Four teams competed in the women's championships and, as a two-life system was used, the final between Kym Walters (s), Joan Gledhill and Trish Leach and Robyn Arthur (s), Norma Miller and Win Baker has yet to be played.

A team of new players, skipped by a first-year bowler Kandyce Bevan, with Jude Hall and Jean Patterson, also a first-year player, surprised themselves and other club members, and delighted their coach.

In the first round they gave Arthur's team a good game before losing 12-8. In the second round they beat a more experienced team 17-2. In the third round they lost to Walters' team 16-11.

The club has some enthusiastic and promising junior women players.


Excellent entries in Gisborne Bowling Club's singles championships provided some top-class bowls on Saturday.

However, rain interrupted play on Sunday and the finals of the senior men and women have yet to be played.

Spectators enjoyed some exciting bowls on the first day. Hugh Trafford, a player in his second year of bowls, beat newcomer Dave Utting for the junior men's title. Both played some great bowls in a close final that ended 21-20.

Joy McFarlane's silky smooth delivery stood her in good stead as she played her way to her first junior title.

She is another new player who has taken to the game of bowls with a style that will ensure her more top placings in the future. It is a pleasure to see junior players not content with just putting down bowls, but keen to find out all they can about the game and then sending down deliveries that cannot be faulted.

Barbara Gibson took out the women's intermediate final from Diane Oates after two hard-fought games.

The intermediate men's final was played between Geoff Pinn and Don Oates. The rain arrived in the middle of this game but the two finalists put on a superb exhibition of wet-weather bowls, which kept spectators on the edge of their seats. It was neck and neck all the way, with no more than two points between them at any time.

All Don needed was an extra roll of his bowl on the final end but it was not to be on the slippery wet green.

Holding three shots, Geoff took the title.

It was a final well played in extremely trying conditions.

Finalists were found in the senior women's event. Dayvinia Mills beat Tanya Harrison in one semifinal, and will play Queenie Takurua, who beat Emily Hongara in the other.

In the senior men's competition, Charlie Ure let Robin Jefferson back into the game after being ahead 9-2 on the 10th end.

Jefferson will face Jamey Ferris in the men's senior final at a later date after Ferris beat club president Tim Sherriff in the other semi.

It was disappointing not to be able to finish the championships after all the work put into the greens, which were superb.

JUNIOR TRIPLES CHAMPIONS: Poverty Bay Bowling Club’s men’s junior triples championship was decided in twilight play last week. The winners were (from left): Otto Louw (director), Dusty Miller (lead) and Andrew Ball (skip). Picture by Norma Miller
Barbara Gibson