Mixed fortunes for Gisborne-EC reps

New format perplexing.

New format perplexing.

GISBORNE-East Coast bowlers had mixed fortunes at the Bowls New Zealand National Club Championship finals in Dunedin last week.

Bowls NZ dropped a bombshell before the start of the 10-day event by radically changing the conditions of play when they imposed an hour-and-a-half time limit instead of the usual two-and-a-half-hour limit that applied in all games in previous years.

No reduction was made in the number of shots in the singles or the ends to be played in the mixed pairs, pairs, triples or fours even though the time limit had been drastically reduced.

Players were now faced with a format more applicable to a one-day “fun” event than this important tournament where national titles were at stake.

The first Gisborne-East Coast players to face the new conditions of play were Gisborne Bowling Club’s Bobbie and Dave Beattie in the 2-4-2 mixed pairs.

Although their best result from five games was a draw against Bay of Plenty, the time-limit bell sounded in two of their games when they were only two points behind Kensington and three behind Taradale.

In her first appearance at a national event Dayvinia Mills (Kahutia) had two wins in the women’s singles but did not reach 21 shots in two other games where she was trailing 15-12 in her first game and 18-13 in her fourth game when the time limit intervened.

The Kahutia pair of Murray Murton (skip) and Charlie Ure also had mixed fortunes in the men’s pairs. They beat Far North 11-10 and drew 14-all with Bay of Plenty, but lost to Thames Valley, Whanganui and Wellington.

Mary Taingahue and Age Smiler (Gisborne) had with a tough draw in the women’s pairs. Their only win was in their first game against North Otago, 14-11, but they also played well without success against Marlborough and Wellington.

The pressure was on Te Karaka in the men’s triples as David File, Steve Goldsbury and Duncan Macpherson had won this event last season.

In their first game they were only 9-8 behind when the bell went against North Harbour.

Wins against Hillcrest and Greymouth were offset by losses to Taranaki and Canterbury, which meant Te Karaka did not qualify for triples post-section play.

However, as reported in Saturday’s Herald, Te Karaka did go on to win the national fours final.

Unfortunately Bowls Gisborne East Coast was not represented in the men’s singles or the women’s triples and fours. Next season may bring a return to regional finals where appropriate time limits would apply.

GISBORNE-East Coast bowlers had mixed fortunes at the Bowls New Zealand National Club Championship finals in Dunedin last week.

Bowls NZ dropped a bombshell before the start of the 10-day event by radically changing the conditions of play when they imposed an hour-and-a-half time limit instead of the usual two-and-a-half-hour limit that applied in all games in previous years.

No reduction was made in the number of shots in the singles or the ends to be played in the mixed pairs, pairs, triples or fours even though the time limit had been drastically reduced.

Players were now faced with a format more applicable to a one-day “fun” event than this important tournament where national titles were at stake.

The first Gisborne-East Coast players to face the new conditions of play were Gisborne Bowling Club’s Bobbie and Dave Beattie in the 2-4-2 mixed pairs.

Although their best result from five games was a draw against Bay of Plenty, the time-limit bell sounded in two of their games when they were only two points behind Kensington and three behind Taradale.

In her first appearance at a national event Dayvinia Mills (Kahutia) had two wins in the women’s singles but did not reach 21 shots in two other games where she was trailing 15-12 in her first game and 18-13 in her fourth game when the time limit intervened.

The Kahutia pair of Murray Murton (skip) and Charlie Ure also had mixed fortunes in the men’s pairs. They beat Far North 11-10 and drew 14-all with Bay of Plenty, but lost to Thames Valley, Whanganui and Wellington.

Mary Taingahue and Age Smiler (Gisborne) had with a tough draw in the women’s pairs. Their only win was in their first game against North Otago, 14-11, but they also played well without success against Marlborough and Wellington.

The pressure was on Te Karaka in the men’s triples as David File, Steve Goldsbury and Duncan Macpherson had won this event last season.

In their first game they were only 9-8 behind when the bell went against North Harbour.

Wins against Hillcrest and Greymouth were offset by losses to Taranaki and Canterbury, which meant Te Karaka did not qualify for triples post-section play.

However, as reported in Saturday’s Herald, Te Karaka did go on to win the national fours final.

Unfortunately Bowls Gisborne East Coast was not represented in the men’s singles or the women’s triples and fours. Next season may bring a return to regional finals where appropriate time limits would apply.

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