Bowls News from Taranaki – Taranaki easily lift two trophies off neighbours

Thanks to Grant Hassall and the Taranaki Daily News, for providing us with the latest lawn bowls news from Taranaki…

“Taranaki emphatically reclaimed the Arnott Shield with a fine performance in a representative bowls fixture at the Paritutu greens during the weekend.

In winning 15 games from 20 played, the Revital Fertilisers-sponsored Taranaki senior side excelled themselves.

The hosts finished with 30 match points, followed by Wanganui on 21 while Manawatu, who won the national crown in 2009 and 2010, could only muster nine points.

There were many positives in the Taranaki result, although Craig Johns was the only player to get through the weekend with four wins.

Johns skipped a pair each day and his cause was greatly assisted by some fine lead play, first by Dean Elgar on Saturday and then yesterday by John Garrud.

Elgar lost his unbeaten record to Ray Park (Wanganui) 25-17 yesterday, but rebounded to win his other singles rubber 25-11 against Manawatu’s Clayton Simpson. Darren Goodin was also a three-winner, his loss coming in the final round, 25-20 to the 2006 Dominion singles winner, Alan Dickson (Wanganui).

Garrud was a member of Gary Lilley’s four that opened with a comfortable win on Saturday but then surprisingly slumped to Ian Porteous (Wanganui). However, Lilley, playing with John Roberts and Grant Anderson, posted two strong wins in yesterday’s triples.

Taranaki selector Dennis Osborne would also take delight from the showing of his other charges.

Ian Andrews skipped Gerry O’Sullivan and Ian Lowry to two good wins yesterday, after the trio had combined with Neville Elliott for a win and a loss record on Saturday.

Yesterday, Elliott and Mark Anderson also had a win and a loss, after Anderson had shared two wins with Goodin on Saturday.

A brilliant final round ensured victory for Taranaki in the development contest for the Duckett Trophy at Paritutu yesterday.Taranaki won five matches and drew one, from the six played in the final round, to finish on 27 match points, then followed Wanganui on 18 and Manawatu on 15.

The three winners for Taranaki were the Kuklinski brothers, Mark and Phil in the pairs, the Scott Roberts-skipped lineup of Martin Dravitzki and Bryce Koch, and Dave Wilson, who impressed with his singles play yesterday.

The news was also positive, without quite the same glow, from the Taranaki women’s representative team, who met Manawatu on Saturday in Palmerston North.

Taranaki won the overall fixture, 21 match points to 19, with the success attributable to the development side. It won its contest 12-8, while the senior women were edged out 11-9.

After the morning pairs the matches were tied at three apiece in the senior division.

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Trish Howard and Elaine Miller won, as did Vickie Kelly and Denise Cooper and Janice Ropitini and Pauline Davy.

But Manawatu gained the advantage in the afternoon, winning two of the four triples clashes, while the wily Fran Frith drew with Val McEldowney.

Taranaki’s only win came from Margie Carey, Kath Brown and Gale Fache who posted a resounding 24-11 victory over former Commonwealth and world champion, Sharon Sims.

Yvonne Taylor was among the most impressive in the development squad, skipping her sides to two wins.

Grant Hassall”

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