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“When play finally got underway in the National Club Triples Championship on sunday Reputations were dented with several favoured combinations not qualifying.
Over the previous weekend Sharon Sims and Mark Noble had looked almost unassailable in the Centre mixed pairs but both were in combinations that had only one win on the day. Sharon Sims played in the Northern team skipped by Sue Meyer and led by Anne Corlett and it was their clubmate Anna Davis who skipped her team to a 21-18 win in the last round to prevent Meyer qualifying. Davis who was joined by her sister Jacinta Cousins and Julianne Mills had already qualified and her team looked in good touch.
Only four women’s team qualified so there will be only two rounds required to finish the event. Davis plays Johnston Park’s Robyn Schischka, Gillian Friis and Margaret Snaddon while the other match will see Sherryn Blake (Terrace End) pitted against Northern’s Viv Lozell. Blake has Bev Budd and Georgie Kahui-Rogers in front of her in what looks a formidable unit although they were beaten by Schischka in the second round.
Noble was just one of three top skips who missed qualifying in the men’s event, the others being Pat Horgan Palmerston North and Takaro’s Barry Wynks. Noble was playing with Ramon Thornton and John Procter for the first time and they never quite gelled but Horgan’s established unit of Eric Watson and Steve Toms would normally have been a shoe in to qualify. Brian Little had been beaten in the first round so it was sudden death for him as he edged past Horgan 13-12 in the second round. In the third round Cameron Fitzgerald’s Terrace End team grabbed one shot on an extra end to eliminate Horgan.
Section A was a cut throat division and six of the seven third round games had to be played there were so many turnarounds in the second round. Ten teams went into the last game requiring a win to qualify. In the other section it was quite different with only two last round games played and Mike Hickey (Ashhurst) and Northern’s Ray Lovie both had wins to qualify. Last year’s winners Philip Skoglund, Craig Gush and Neil Gordon had already qualified and Lovie’s front end of Des Meyer and Grant Simms just had too much desire with Lovie also playing several spanking shots. Fifteen men’s teams qualified and with the loss of a whole day’s play on Saturday post section will be played on Sunday 13 November.
The National Club Championships continue next weekend with the pairs event being played, men at Terrace End and women at Palmerston North. Most of the usual suspects are there although last year’s men’s winners Neil Gordon and Barry Gush are absent. Terry Johnson was short of a lead at time of entry so the possibility exists one of them could bob up there.
• While at Palmerston North I was surprised to learn that the Harris Stars men’s Centre challenge Trophy has been competed for since 1911 so this is the 100th year it has been in existence. Competed for by two seniors and two colts (one to two year players) it was intriguing to see that when presented it was for play between two seniors and two three year and under bowlers. The original box called it the Terrace End Stars presented to the Centre by James Harris. It is nice to think such a trophy stil endures. Palmerston North wrested the trophy from Bulls and have since seen off a challenge from Hokowhitu who co-incidentally were skipped by Peter Harris. Robert Thomson and Michael Bowey were Palmerston’s colts who were directed by two old heads in Bob Williams and Eric Cairncross.
• Websites have become a very useful tool for bowling centres but they only have a purpose if they are kept up to date. Three I visited recently were of little use. Kapiti have not updated open tournaments, Taranaki’s is full of outdated information and Wairarapa’s hasn’t been updated since last season.
• Speaking of Taranaki their ever popular Mens Open Fours will start on the third Monday of January as usual and entries close on 15 November. The women’s event follows a week later and bowlers should note the Nationals will be held in Taranaki the following season so a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with the greens and the outstanding hospitality.
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Mens Qualifiers for Open Triples:
T Jensen J/P, B Looker T/E, P Skoglund Nth, C Cherri P N, C Barrett P N, B Williams P N, L Toms P N, M Hickey Ash, B Little P N, N Norris Tak, T TeRure T/E, C Fitzgerald T/E, T Johnson Nth, P Harris Hoko.