Manawatu Bowls News – 13th Nov.

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

“Another Centre title was decided on Sunday at Palmerston North with the women’s open triples being won by Johnston Park.

Robyn Schischka had combined with Gillian Friis in winning last season’s champion of champion triples and they were together again this time joined by Margaret Snaddon who won her first centre title. Their opponents in the final were Terrace End’s Sherryn Blake, Georgie Kahui-Rogers and Bev Budd. In her semi-final Blake had avenged her loss to Viv Lozell in last weeks’s pairs final but it was the bridesmaid’s title again when she met Schischka. In the final Blake had a handy 9-3 lead before Schischka’s team ground their way back and secured a 17-11 victory.

The men’s triples is down to a final which will be played between Bob Williams Palmerston North side and Brian Looker of Terrace End. Bookmaker’s odds on these two teams being the finalists would have been generous before play started but both showed good composure against highly rated semi-final opponents. The Williams team comprises Paul Rowe at lead and Brian Henn and all three are sitting on four centre titles so there will be real celebration should they be successful and attain the coveted gold star. They were aided when a breakdown in communication saw Clark Norriss’s Takaro team have to default their quarter-final but the were always in control against Ray lovie in the next round.

Looker had Clayton Simpson in the middle of his team with Alastair Anderson leading. For Simpson it will be two finals on one day when the competition is completed on 11 December. he will first compete against Phillip Skoglund in the pairs. In the semi-final match Looker grabbed a three on the penultimate end to lock the match at 16-16 playing the last. After the jack had been driven to the ditch it was Looker himself who drew to the edge of the rink twice to snatch victory from skoglund. Anderson and Neil Gordon who both share the somewhat unsophisticated nickname “Scruff” had a torrid battle up front which meant there was never a lot in the match and the teams were all square four times during the 18 ends. A very creditable performance was put up by Colin Cherri’s inexperienced Palmerston North team against Skoglund in their quarter-final. Cherri is only a five year bowler himself and Ian Lewis (who actually skipped the team) is in his fourth year while Mike Bowey is a second year colt. They held Skoglund to 21-16 and more will be heard of these bowlers.

•Men’s and women’s senior representative seasons commence next weekend and the men travel to Taranaki to compete against the hosts and Wanganui for the Arnott Duckett trophies.

Selector Eric Watson was less than impressed with some of the preparation and attitude in this fixture last season and he is also adamant that players need to be available for all fixtures. Three players who will be absent on the weekend are Phillip Skoglund, Pat Horgan and Ross Ellery for a variety of reasons but when it comes to attitude they are unlikely to be among those in the frame when fingers are pointed.

One player who has stood up with a clear “pick me” message this season is Clayton Simpson, Terrace End’s seven year bowler. He will contest the finals of the Centre Pairs and triples leading to the national club championships and several good judges were proclaiming the form he and Shane Rogers showed during section play and post section of the pairs event.

The women will also play Taranaki but their event will be on home turf at Northern. The senior team is being picked by Viv Lozell and Shirley Newman this season and they have named a squad rather than combinations at this stage. Teams are;
Senior Men (green team), Clayton Simpson, Shane Rogers, Mark Noble, Grant Simms, Grant Davis, Cameron Nairne; (white team) Craig Gush, Graeme Cooley, Chris Barrett, Brian Little, Steve Toms, Ben Hamilton.
Men’s Development (green team), Adam Johnston, Eion McIntosh, Bruce Harris, Graham Ellison, Anthony May, Ian Lewis: (white team), Ted Hodgson, Harold Bailey, Colin Cherri, Keith Hughes, Dean Gilshnan (one to be added).
Senior Women: Jacinta Cousins, Anna Davis, Mere Fryer, Sue Meyer, Chris Quinn, Feona Sayles, Sharon Sims, Fran Frith, Sherryn Blake, Georgie Kahui-Rogers, Joan Ware, Robin Schischka.
Women’s Development: Julianne Mills, Jan Bailey, Jamie Smith, Robyn McGregor, Shirley Bartlett, Mary McConway, Elaine Jeffrey, Ann Hohua, Nellie Batt, Lyn Jensen, Sue Scott, Caroline Fraser.

• Hokowhitu have shown grand support for their two girls who will head to the secondary School Nationals by organising a fundraising quiz evening that raised nearly $1000 towards expenses. Caitlin Thomson and Heidi McLaughlan are the two girls involved and they did their part in rounding up teams. Hopefully the girls will perform creditably and benefit from the experience.

• I have men’s premier interclub teams for Northern, Palmerston North and Terrace End but I have no women’s teams to include in a preview. With Ray Lovie, Chris Barrett and Brian Looker playing singles there are some great contests in store.

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