Manawatu Bowls News – 6th Nov.

Thanks to Tony Jensen, for all the latest news from around the Bowling Clubs in Manawatu…

“Bowls Manawatu’s representative season commenced last Friday with the playing of the annual five year and under women’s fixture between Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa and our own Manawatu team.

Playing at Takaro Manawatu completed it’s first victory in the event since 2002 in what was due reward for a side that has steadily improved over the last two years.

Tania Harris and Sharon Groves set the win up by winning three from three in the 2-4-2 while the pair and triple recorded two wins each. The pair of Ailsa Lindsay and Barbara Pratt recorded thumping wins against Wairarapa and Wellington before narrowly losing to Kapiti in the last round. The triple which was skipped by Tania Mackay with Norah Bacon and Sophie Fisher in front of her had a 30-13 win over Kapiti and their narrow win over Wairarapa in the last game consolidated a local victory.

Fisher is one of Manawatu’s players heading to the secondary schools Nationals as is singles exponent Caitlyn Thompson who will have derived great benefit from her three outings in this company even though she finished with one win.

Despite inclement weather the Centre was able to complete the National Women’s pairs championship and get the men’s event down to a final between Northern’s battle hardened Phillip Skoglund Jnr and one of the newer additions to elite company Clayton Simpson of Terrace End. Skoglund has Cameron Nairne leading for him while Shane Rogers leads the Terrace End team. The final which is set to be played on 11 December should be a cracker if the players continue in the form they showed on the weekend. Simpson will be seeking his first Centre title while Rogers requires one further for his coveted gold star.

The women’s event saw Viv Lozell add a bar to her gold star when she teamed with Northern clubmate Noeline Elston to score a hollow win over Sherryn Blake and Wendy Currie in the final. Blake had needed to beat Feona Sayles and Sharon Sims in the semi-final in a close and tense game and it seemed that effort drained the pair and they could not repeat the performance. Elston won her 16th centre title in the process and while both the Northern women are now operating as selectors they would still both do justice to the rep team themselves.

* I heard several discussions and opinions over the weekend about the recently changed regulation on dual club membership and whether a player can play the same discipline in championships at different clubs. Well the answer in the Manawatu is a simple “No” as the regulation also includes provision for Controlling Bodies to stipulate entry conditions for events and Manawatu’s is made very clear on Page 15 of it’s handbook. In short a player can only play one discipline at one club but could play a different discipline somewhere else in the Centre. The regulation is different where a player wishes to play in a different centre but players would be well to remember that if they were required at champion of champion events in two centres simultaneously they would not qualify for a substitute as the absence is not unavoidable.

* On the subject of dual membership I noticed at Terrace End that Grant Simms and Adam Johnston who are also members at Northern have both been named in the Terrace End premier interclub seven. Both are in good touch and with Neil Gordon unlikely to play because of pending foot surgery there could be an arm wrestle for their services.

* Hokowhitu has cancelled it’s “Earthquake” tournament on 12 November because of lack of entries.

* The RSA elimination tournament is to be played on 19 November and anyone with an entry or other query should contact Ian Jamieson.

* Women’s bowls in the district lost a great supporter recently with the passing of Pahiatua’s Joan Kerrison. From centre events to galas she always turned up and was also a handy sort of player.

* The National Club championships continue on Sunday 13 November with post section play in the triples and both men’s and women’s events will be played at Palmerston North. The women will report to play at the same time as the men’s second round by which time there will be eight men’s and four women’s teams left. The pick of the men’s first round games should be Phillip Skoglund against Chris Barrett and Terry Johnson playing Clayton Fitzgerald. Other games with a close look about them are Peter Harris (Hokowhitu) against Lindsay Toms (Palmerston North) and the Palmerston North derby of Bob Williams versus Brian Little.

* I would appreciate it if all clubs could forward me their premier one men’s and women’s interclub teams for publication and preview.

Email new to tony.jensen@aon.co.nz

Tony Jensen”

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