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Around the Greens: Club bowls news


Gisborne Bowling Club held its annual triples championships last weekend with some interesting results.

It took three games for the junior women's competition to be decided.

After losing their first game 17-9 to Adrienne Torrie, Karen Pinn and Nanette Treloar, the team of Barbara Gibson, Libby Clay and Joy McFarlane bounced back with an 18-15 win to give themselves a chance to take out the title.

However, the Torrie-led team dug in and are the junior champions for 2021.

The junior men's title went to the Pinn family. Father Geoff (skip) and sons Liam and Kyle played some beautiful bowls to defeat Don Oates (skip), Steve Ward and Ron Robertson in two games.

Every time the “mature” team put a bowl on the head, the young Pinns replied with one closer. According to their father, they were the stars. What a future these two boys have in a game where younger and younger people are taking up bowls.

The senior women's final was played out between regular rivals. Bobbie Beattie, Tanya Harrison and Karen Higgins had one life, while Queenie Takurua, Adrienne Smiler and Dayvinia Mills had both lives intact.

After eight ends, Takurua was up 11-5 but on the ninth end Beattie executed a superb shot that put the jack in the ditch and earned a two-shot reward. That lifted her team, and on the 11th end it was 11-all and anyone's game.

The Takurua team held their nerve and the final score, 19-17, was an accurate reflection of how close it was.

The senior men's final was an interesting spectacle to say the least. New Zealand's top greenkeeper, Jamey Ferris, with many titles under his belt, took two junior players to within four points of winning a senior title.

Ferris skipped Hugh Trafford and Roger Dymock against experienced players Charlie Ure and Boon McIlroy and junior Peter Clay.

It was concentration in spades and a major step up from the weekday roll-ups for the three junior players, and they responded brilliantly. The final score was 15-12 to Ure's team.

Spectators were hanging on every bowl. Congratulations to the winners and all their opponents.

Poverty Bay

Poverty Bay Bowling Club's Ann/Tam Trophy for the junior mixed pairs championship was won by Kym Walters (skip) and Otto Louw.

They defeated Anna Colvin (s) and Chris Valentine 12-6 in the final.

Walters and Louw both played good bowls throughout the championship.

However, first-year player Colvin and Valentine were the surprise team of the championship.

They both played some good winning shots and made the final after defeating two more experienced teams.

In the second round they defeated Andrew Ball (s) and Joan Gledhill 10-7 and in the 3rd round they defeated Dawson Owen (s) and Norma Miller 11-9. After being down 9-5 after eight ends, they won the last four ends to take the game.

Lesley Seymour defeated Joy Davis 21-19 to win the Babe Law Trophy for the Poverty Bay club's women's open singles championship.

The final — decided on a first-to-21 format — was close and competitive. Often the players won alternating ends in a neck-and-neck tussle.

In the provisional final, Davis had defeated Seymour 21-15. Seymour was ahead 11-6 after 11 ends but Davis then won seven ends in a row to get to 19-11.

Seymour then won two ends before Davis finally reached 21 points on the 21st end.

They both still had one life under the two-life system in use for the tournament, so they then had to play each other again in the final.

SENIOR WOMEN'S WINNERS: Gisborne club champions (from left) Adrienne Smiler (lead), Dayvinia Mills (director) and Queenie Takurua (skip). Pictures supplied
SENIOR MEN'S WINNERS: Gisborne club champions (fom left) Charlie Ure (director), Bob (Boon) McIlroy (skip) and Peter Clay.
MIXED PAIRS WINNERS: Poverty Bay Bowling Club junior mixed pairs winners Kym Walters and Otto Louw.
OPEN WINNER: Lesley Seymour with the Babe Law Trophy for the Poverty Bay club's women's open singles championship.