Around the greens

THREE OF THE BEST: Gisborne Bowling Club singles champions, (from left) Tanya Harrison, Jamey Ferris and Ginny Sherriff. Picture supplied
PETER GLEDHILL: Under-8 men’s champion. Picture supplied

Heavy rain, thunder and lightning curtailed play in the Graham Shield Mixed Graded Fours last Wednesday.

The format for the Evans Funeral Services-sponsored event was four games of 12 ends or 90 minutes.

Eleven teams — three of them from other city clubs — entered the tournament, so byes were required.

After lunch, and with only four ends of Game 3 completed, the weather stopped play.

Puddles were forming on the carpet and, with more rain threatening, further play was deemed unlikely. It was decided to call off the contest and calculate the results on play up to that point.

Overall winners, with three wins (including a bye), were Gus McCabe (skip), Ted Mehrtens, Tony Steele and Barbara Gibson, of the Gisborne club.

Controllers used ends won and points differential to establish the other placings.

Jeff Davis (s), Joy Davis, Dave Hooper and Trish Leach achieved one more end than Kahutia’s Alf Land (s), Diane Oates, Alic Brown and Ray Young. These teams took second and third prizes respectively.

Only three teams entered in each of the men’s and women’s divisions of the open triples club championships on Saturday.

The competition format was a round robin of 12-end games with no time limit.

The round robin format was adopted to restrict the championship to one day’s play. This meant each team had two games and one bye.

It is disappointing that more teams could not be persuaded to enter and make the superior two-life format viable.

The winners were decided using game points and ends won.

The women’s title was won by Jan Powell (s), Joy Davis and Kathy Carroll, who won both of their games.

Dawne Abraham (s), Marion Jones and Norma Miller won their match against Di Christie (s), Lesley Holmes and Marilyn Knowles, but lost to the Powell team.

There were some high scoring ends in most games which often wildly swung control of them.

The men’s contest was also decided on one day. There were some notable absentees from entrants but the standard of play was good nonetheless.

With all games completed and each of the three teams having won one game the winners were Bruce Ball(s), Puna McRoberts, & Andrew Ball who achieved 14 ends to take the title from Jeff Davis(s) Ian Carroll & David James. Lex Kennedy(s) David Holmes & Tam Buckingham finished in third place.

Davis knew going into the last game that his team had to not only win but take at least 4 more ends than team Ball to be victorious. Davis won the game 16-10 but on losing the 10th end they could only win seven of the 12 ends.

Upcoming events

Twilight aggregate bowls start this Thursday 11th and runs for the next five weeks.

Play starts at 5.30pm and members from all clubs are welcome. Entry fee is $5, a sausage sizzle follows play.

Mixed Fours Club Championship January 20th & 21st

JAMEY Ferris added the Gisborne Bowling Club’s Open singles title last weekend to the Bowls Gisborne-East Coast Open title he won for the second time last month.

It was the first time Ferris, who is still a junior bowler, had taken on the seniors at club level, preferring until now to notch up an impressive record of junior singles titles.

In a field that read like a who’s who of the district’s top bowlers Ferris won without losing a life under the two-life system. On the way toppling Mark Walker, Maurice Taylor, Ricky Miller and Robin Jefferson, twice.

After winning a cliff-hanger round four battle with Jefferson 20-19, Ferris pulled away to a comfortable 21-12 win in the final.

Also a first-time winner at senior level, Tanya Harrison pocketed the women’s Open title with both lives intact.

Twice she accounted for Queenie Takurua and Lyn Trueman. Her two encounters with Trueman couldn’t have been more different. In round one Harrison romped to a 21-5 win, but it took a last-bowl effort to take care of Trueman 21-20 in the nail-biting final.

Occasional bowler Peter Gledhill showed off his undoubted talent with victory in the under-8 men’s championship, winning two of his three battles with Tim Sherriff.

Ginny Sherriff, playing in the under 8s for the first time, had a comfortable win without losing a life, twice beating three-time junior winner Beverly Davy by the same 21-11 scoreline.

The under-3 men’s championship went the distance when Ron Robertson and Jim Wilson shared a win apiece before Wilson came away with a 21-13 win in the final.

Graham Reeve won the B Grade championship by default.

Kahutia

Last weekend was the clubs championship pairs for the start of the year. Four open women, three 1-8 year men and eight open men’s teams took to the green Saturday.

In the open woman, once again Glenys Whiteman and Francie Adair showed their experience and why they are consistently hanging around at the end, not only at club champ level but centre level also. The first two rounds seemed to be a roll up as they cruised through earning a bye in the third, leaving Davynia Mills to battle it out with Judy Taylor to find out who would make the possible final. It was to be Judy and Marie Wright.

In the possible final Taylor got out to a flier over Whiteman and it seemed as if the centre pairs winners were going to back up their win last November, however, experience came into play. Not trying to score all shots at once Whiteman just plugged away at Taylors lead eventually forcing an extra end.

Unfortunately for Taylor it wasn’t to be but there was no denying their effort, being down on the head and trying to move the white back, she was a foot wide of the target area leaving Whiteman with the spoils. 1-8 men was a battle royal between three teams.

Round one saw Alan Parker/Marty Ryan against brothers Norm/Ray Young with Parker getting home. Joe Wimutu/Don Oates on the bye. 2nd round and Wimutu was up against Young with Young coming out on top.

Third round and Wimutu got home over Parker which earned him a second bye. Last game of the day was something Parker will remember for a long time. Two behind playing the last end against the Young boys, and, with his lead putting two in the ditch and a bowl short and the opponent on the white with a couple, it seemed almost impossible to get out, so the best option was to kill the end and start again.

However, most juniors forget that. Running to move the white Parker clipped and went into the ditch. Young drew but unfortunately moved the white out. Parker tried again, missing but ending on the edge of the rink. Young drew and ended down the back.

Parker attempted again picked the white and sent it to his other two bowls claiming victory and a win for the ages.

The final was one-sided. Wimutu and Oates were in control from the start and never let Parker in anywhere. Well done boys. A deserved win and something for Don to show the family as his name will be etched on the championship board.

Open men saw eight teams enter. Vern Marshall and Mick Maunder showed why they are a force once again, going through unscathed, beating Alistair MacPherson and Ron Davie in the possible final. Backing up their win from last year.

Heavy rain, thunder and lightning curtailed play in the Graham Shield Mixed Graded Fours last Wednesday.

The format for the Evans Funeral Services-sponsored event was four games of 12 ends or 90 minutes.

Eleven teams — three of them from other city clubs — entered the tournament, so byes were required.

After lunch, and with only four ends of Game 3 completed, the weather stopped play.

Puddles were forming on the carpet and, with more rain threatening, further play was deemed unlikely. It was decided to call off the contest and calculate the results on play up to that point.

Overall winners, with three wins (including a bye), were Gus McCabe (skip), Ted Mehrtens, Tony Steele and Barbara Gibson, of the Gisborne club.

Controllers used ends won and points differential to establish the other placings.

Jeff Davis (s), Joy Davis, Dave Hooper and Trish Leach achieved one more end than Kahutia’s Alf Land (s), Diane Oates, Alic Brown and Ray Young. These teams took second and third prizes respectively.

Only three teams entered in each of the men’s and women’s divisions of the open triples club championships on Saturday.

The competition format was a round robin of 12-end games with no time limit.

The round robin format was adopted to restrict the championship to one day’s play. This meant each team had two games and one bye.

It is disappointing that more teams could not be persuaded to enter and make the superior two-life format viable.

The winners were decided using game points and ends won.

The women’s title was won by Jan Powell (s), Joy Davis and Kathy Carroll, who won both of their games.

Dawne Abraham (s), Marion Jones and Norma Miller won their match against Di Christie (s), Lesley Holmes and Marilyn Knowles, but lost to the Powell team.

There were some high scoring ends in most games which often wildly swung control of them.

The men’s contest was also decided on one day. There were some notable absentees from entrants but the standard of play was good nonetheless.

With all games completed and each of the three teams having won one game the winners were Bruce Ball(s), Puna McRoberts, & Andrew Ball who achieved 14 ends to take the title from Jeff Davis(s) Ian Carroll & David James. Lex Kennedy(s) David Holmes & Tam Buckingham finished in third place.

Davis knew going into the last game that his team had to not only win but take at least 4 more ends than team Ball to be victorious. Davis won the game 16-10 but on losing the 10th end they could only win seven of the 12 ends.

Upcoming events

Twilight aggregate bowls start this Thursday 11th and runs for the next five weeks.

Play starts at 5.30pm and members from all clubs are welcome. Entry fee is $5, a sausage sizzle follows play.

Mixed Fours Club Championship January 20th & 21st

JAMEY Ferris added the Gisborne Bowling Club’s Open singles title last weekend to the Bowls Gisborne-East Coast Open title he won for the second time last month.

It was the first time Ferris, who is still a junior bowler, had taken on the seniors at club level, preferring until now to notch up an impressive record of junior singles titles.

In a field that read like a who’s who of the district’s top bowlers Ferris won without losing a life under the two-life system. On the way toppling Mark Walker, Maurice Taylor, Ricky Miller and Robin Jefferson, twice.

After winning a cliff-hanger round four battle with Jefferson 20-19, Ferris pulled away to a comfortable 21-12 win in the final.

Also a first-time winner at senior level, Tanya Harrison pocketed the women’s Open title with both lives intact.

Twice she accounted for Queenie Takurua and Lyn Trueman. Her two encounters with Trueman couldn’t have been more different. In round one Harrison romped to a 21-5 win, but it took a last-bowl effort to take care of Trueman 21-20 in the nail-biting final.

Occasional bowler Peter Gledhill showed off his undoubted talent with victory in the under-8 men’s championship, winning two of his three battles with Tim Sherriff.

Ginny Sherriff, playing in the under 8s for the first time, had a comfortable win without losing a life, twice beating three-time junior winner Beverly Davy by the same 21-11 scoreline.

The under-3 men’s championship went the distance when Ron Robertson and Jim Wilson shared a win apiece before Wilson came away with a 21-13 win in the final.

Graham Reeve won the B Grade championship by default.

Kahutia

Last weekend was the clubs championship pairs for the start of the year. Four open women, three 1-8 year men and eight open men’s teams took to the green Saturday.

In the open woman, once again Glenys Whiteman and Francie Adair showed their experience and why they are consistently hanging around at the end, not only at club champ level but centre level also. The first two rounds seemed to be a roll up as they cruised through earning a bye in the third, leaving Davynia Mills to battle it out with Judy Taylor to find out who would make the possible final. It was to be Judy and Marie Wright.

In the possible final Taylor got out to a flier over Whiteman and it seemed as if the centre pairs winners were going to back up their win last November, however, experience came into play. Not trying to score all shots at once Whiteman just plugged away at Taylors lead eventually forcing an extra end.

Unfortunately for Taylor it wasn’t to be but there was no denying their effort, being down on the head and trying to move the white back, she was a foot wide of the target area leaving Whiteman with the spoils. 1-8 men was a battle royal between three teams.

Round one saw Alan Parker/Marty Ryan against brothers Norm/Ray Young with Parker getting home. Joe Wimutu/Don Oates on the bye. 2nd round and Wimutu was up against Young with Young coming out on top.

Third round and Wimutu got home over Parker which earned him a second bye. Last game of the day was something Parker will remember for a long time. Two behind playing the last end against the Young boys, and, with his lead putting two in the ditch and a bowl short and the opponent on the white with a couple, it seemed almost impossible to get out, so the best option was to kill the end and start again.

However, most juniors forget that. Running to move the white Parker clipped and went into the ditch. Young drew but unfortunately moved the white out. Parker tried again, missing but ending on the edge of the rink. Young drew and ended down the back.

Parker attempted again picked the white and sent it to his other two bowls claiming victory and a win for the ages.

The final was one-sided. Wimutu and Oates were in control from the start and never let Parker in anywhere. Well done boys. A deserved win and something for Don to show the family as his name will be etched on the championship board.

Open men saw eight teams enter. Vern Marshall and Mick Maunder showed why they are a force once again, going through unscathed, beating Alistair MacPherson and Ron Davie in the possible final. Backing up their win from last year.

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