Silver star for File

Te Karaka win national club fours.

Te Karaka win national club fours.

NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONS: Te Karaka beat Taradale to win the Bowls New Zealand National Club Championship men’s fours title. The victorious Te Karaka team are (from left): Duncan Macpherson, Steve Goldsbury, David File (skip) and Lofty Hurrell. Picture supplied

DAVID File had a day to remember at Dunedin’s Taieri greens on Thursday when he skipped his Te Karaka club team to victory in the Bowls New Zealand National Club Championship men’s fours final.

This win gave File his fifth National Club Championship title, which earned him the coveted Bowls New Zealand silver star award.

With valuable assistance from teammates Duncan Macpherson (lead), Lofty Hurrell (two) and Steve Goldsbury (three), File beat Bowls Taradale 15-10 in the final to take the title.

Taradale skip Ces Bell had won the Taranaki men’s fours earlier in the season and had beaten Te Karaka in section play the day before.

Macpherson, Goldsbury and File had won the National Club Championship men’s triples title last season, so they scored back-to-back victories with this win in the fours yesterday.

In section play on Wednesday, Te Karaka had wins against Masterton 12-5, Greymouth 18-7, Thames 13-5 and Far North’s Opononi 8-6.

These four victories were enough for File’s team to win their section, even though they were beaten by Bell’s Taradale side 12-4 in their last game.

In the quarterfinals the next day, Te Karaka beat North Otago’s Phoenix Club and then drew the tournament favourites, the Belfast team from Christchurch.

Facing the likes of nationally ranked Canterbury players Lance Pascoe, Kelvin Scott and Nathan Glasson, Te Karaka withstood the Belfast challenge to take the win 7-5 and earn themselves a berth in the final.

Facing the only team to have beaten them the day before, Te Karaka knew they had a battle on their hands against Taradale.

The 15-end game was evenly poised at 5-5 after six ends but Te Karaka gradually applied the pressure to take a 12-5 lead after 10 ends.

Taradale closed the gap to 12-9 on the 12th end.

On the next two ends, Te Karaka produced great bowls to take a 15-9 lead going into the last end.

Taradale were able to score only one point on that end, which gave Te Karaka the win.

DAVID File had a day to remember at Dunedin’s Taieri greens on Thursday when he skipped his Te Karaka club team to victory in the Bowls New Zealand National Club Championship men’s fours final.

This win gave File his fifth National Club Championship title, which earned him the coveted Bowls New Zealand silver star award.

With valuable assistance from teammates Duncan Macpherson (lead), Lofty Hurrell (two) and Steve Goldsbury (three), File beat Bowls Taradale 15-10 in the final to take the title.

Taradale skip Ces Bell had won the Taranaki men’s fours earlier in the season and had beaten Te Karaka in section play the day before.

Macpherson, Goldsbury and File had won the National Club Championship men’s triples title last season, so they scored back-to-back victories with this win in the fours yesterday.

In section play on Wednesday, Te Karaka had wins against Masterton 12-5, Greymouth 18-7, Thames 13-5 and Far North’s Opononi 8-6.

These four victories were enough for File’s team to win their section, even though they were beaten by Bell’s Taradale side 12-4 in their last game.

In the quarterfinals the next day, Te Karaka beat North Otago’s Phoenix Club and then drew the tournament favourites, the Belfast team from Christchurch.

Facing the likes of nationally ranked Canterbury players Lance Pascoe, Kelvin Scott and Nathan Glasson, Te Karaka withstood the Belfast challenge to take the win 7-5 and earn themselves a berth in the final.

Facing the only team to have beaten them the day before, Te Karaka knew they had a battle on their hands against Taradale.

The 15-end game was evenly poised at 5-5 after six ends but Te Karaka gradually applied the pressure to take a 12-5 lead after 10 ends.

Taradale closed the gap to 12-9 on the 12th end.

On the next two ends, Te Karaka produced great bowls to take a 15-9 lead going into the last end.

Taradale were able to score only one point on that end, which gave Te Karaka the win.

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Lily and Thomas Davis - 8 months ago
Well done! David, massive achievement to yourself, the Te Karaka Bowling Club and of course your three supportive team mates!
From us watching from afar in Perth. Well done mate!!!