Pairs competition keen

Total of 33 teams vying for centre honours

Total of 33 teams vying for centre honours

CONTENDERS: Glenys Whiteman (left) and Marie Wright are among the contenders for the centre women’s pairs. Whiteman was the winning skip last year.
Bowling along: Steve Goldsbury, right, was a winner in the men’s pairs last year and this year teams up with Don Oates. Duncan Macpherson, in the background teams up with Te Karaka clubmate David File. Pictures supplied

IT’S another big weekend for local lawn bowlers with the centre men’s and women’s pairs being played.

The Kahutia Bowling Club hosts the men’s section tomorrow, while the Gisborne Bowling Club is the venue for the women’s section.

Post-section play for both the men’s and women’s qualifiers will take place at Kahutia on Sunday morning.

Four games of 18 ends with a time limit of two hours will be played on Saturday and the top eight qualifiers in each event will play off on a one-life basis on Sunday.

Eighteen men’s teams will vie for the Weatherley Brothers Memorial Trophy, so the field has been split into two sections.

In Section A, Gisborne’s Steve Goldsbury, who won this event last season, has teamed up with clubmate Don Oates, who won the club’s junior championship pairs last weekend.

Other teams in this section include Poverty Bay’s Tam Buckingham and Dawson Owen, Lex Kennedy and Jeff Davis, Larry Kaloucava and Bruce Gledhill, and Glen Henry and Andrew Ball.

Tolaga Bay pairs Murray Duncan/Ben Elkington and Mike Atkins/Mike Namana are joined by Gisborne’s Arthur Hawes and Ricky Miller, Kahutia’s Joe Wimutu and Ray Young and Te Karaka’s July Williams and Brendon McIlroy.

Section B will be very interesting. The entries are headed by Te Karaka’s David File and Duncan Macpherson, Gisborne pairs Bob McIlroy/Charlie Ure and Mal Trowell/Robin Jefferson, as well as Tolaga Bay’s Vern Marshall and Mick Maunder.

Other teams in the section are Wairoa’s Brent Smith and Graham Fitzpatrick, Poverty Bay’s Steve Berezowski and Bruce Ball, Tolaga Bay’s Chas Henry and Anton Tashkoff and Kahutia’s Harry Green and Marty Ryan.

Over at the Gisborne Bowling Club the women’s event, with the Bowls NZ President’s Trophy at stake, a field of 15 teams will be looking for a place in the top eight qualifiers.

Of the Gisborne teams on their home green, last season’s runners-up Tanya Harrison and Bobbie Beattie are expected to do well.

Other Gisborne club contenders include Queenie Takurua and Dayvinia Mills, Karen Higgins and Kym Brown, Carol Hawes and Lyn Trueman, Barbara Gibson and Angela Gibson-Sam, and Diane Oates and Karen Pinn.

Last season’s winning skip, Kahutia’s Glenys Whiteman, teams up with Marie Wright this time.

Poverty Bay have five teams in the field with entries from Jan Powell and Erin Sutherland, Diane Christie and Ngawai Turipa, Bev Rogers and Marilyn Knowles, Ora Peipi and Joy Davis, and Betty Herring and Val McGreevy.

Te Karaka’s Del Tamanui and Diane Murray, Tolaga Bay’s Jo Atkins and Sharon Olsen and the composite team of Sarah Brown (Te Karaka) and Donna Smith (Wairoa) complete the field.

Spectators are welcome at both clubs on Saturday, and at Kahutia for post-section play on Sunday.

IT’S another big weekend for local lawn bowlers with the centre men’s and women’s pairs being played.

The Kahutia Bowling Club hosts the men’s section tomorrow, while the Gisborne Bowling Club is the venue for the women’s section.

Post-section play for both the men’s and women’s qualifiers will take place at Kahutia on Sunday morning.

Four games of 18 ends with a time limit of two hours will be played on Saturday and the top eight qualifiers in each event will play off on a one-life basis on Sunday.

Eighteen men’s teams will vie for the Weatherley Brothers Memorial Trophy, so the field has been split into two sections.

In Section A, Gisborne’s Steve Goldsbury, who won this event last season, has teamed up with clubmate Don Oates, who won the club’s junior championship pairs last weekend.

Other teams in this section include Poverty Bay’s Tam Buckingham and Dawson Owen, Lex Kennedy and Jeff Davis, Larry Kaloucava and Bruce Gledhill, and Glen Henry and Andrew Ball.

Tolaga Bay pairs Murray Duncan/Ben Elkington and Mike Atkins/Mike Namana are joined by Gisborne’s Arthur Hawes and Ricky Miller, Kahutia’s Joe Wimutu and Ray Young and Te Karaka’s July Williams and Brendon McIlroy.

Section B will be very interesting. The entries are headed by Te Karaka’s David File and Duncan Macpherson, Gisborne pairs Bob McIlroy/Charlie Ure and Mal Trowell/Robin Jefferson, as well as Tolaga Bay’s Vern Marshall and Mick Maunder.

Other teams in the section are Wairoa’s Brent Smith and Graham Fitzpatrick, Poverty Bay’s Steve Berezowski and Bruce Ball, Tolaga Bay’s Chas Henry and Anton Tashkoff and Kahutia’s Harry Green and Marty Ryan.

Over at the Gisborne Bowling Club the women’s event, with the Bowls NZ President’s Trophy at stake, a field of 15 teams will be looking for a place in the top eight qualifiers.

Of the Gisborne teams on their home green, last season’s runners-up Tanya Harrison and Bobbie Beattie are expected to do well.

Other Gisborne club contenders include Queenie Takurua and Dayvinia Mills, Karen Higgins and Kym Brown, Carol Hawes and Lyn Trueman, Barbara Gibson and Angela Gibson-Sam, and Diane Oates and Karen Pinn.

Last season’s winning skip, Kahutia’s Glenys Whiteman, teams up with Marie Wright this time.

Poverty Bay have five teams in the field with entries from Jan Powell and Erin Sutherland, Diane Christie and Ngawai Turipa, Bev Rogers and Marilyn Knowles, Ora Peipi and Joy Davis, and Betty Herring and Val McGreevy.

Te Karaka’s Del Tamanui and Diane Murray, Tolaga Bay’s Jo Atkins and Sharon Olsen and the composite team of Sarah Brown (Te Karaka) and Donna Smith (Wairoa) complete the field.

Spectators are welcome at both clubs on Saturday, and at Kahutia for post-section play on Sunday.

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