Manawatu Bowls News – 18th Dec. inc. Womens 2x4x2 and Hawkes Bay v Manawatu Rep. fixture

Thanks to Tony Jensen, for providing us with all the news from around the lawn bowls clubs in Manawatu…

“Sheryn Blake added a further distinction to her already impressive list of achievements by winning the Centre’s Aussie Pairs at the Palmerston North Bowling Club last week.

Blake was the form bowler throughout the three days of the tournament and will be thrilled to help Wendy Currie to her first success at that level. In the final they made no race of it with Hawera’s well performed skip Kristen Stampa throwing the towel in after just 12 ends. The score was already 19-5 and the Terrace End combination were rampant.

• Bowling contemporaries in Christchurch are still grappling with the affects of the earthquakes as the photo of the Richmond MSA Bowling Club in Petrie St, Shirley (see our post – “Outsiders dont know jack”)  illustrates in a sad way. Our good friend Bob Williams made contact with designer Ian Dalziel who took the photo. “There used to be people at that Club everyday. Locals and visiting teams it seemed” Ian says. “It is now a whole new environment – just bereft of people”
Having typeset many bowling club handbooks over the years Ian is mindful of just how many people are disadvantaged by the reduced access.

Outsiders don’t know “jack” about what is happening here, Ian adds. So next time you are grizzling that your green is not to your particular liking that day raise your eyes to the heavens and be thankful for what you have.

•one of the great men of bowls Dave Baldwin turned 90 last week. A gold and silver medallist at Commonwealth Games Dave displayed a most unflappable temperament on the green and was absolutely deadly in executing a run shot. His son Brian also reached National prominence in the game to add further lustre to the family name and that of their Paritutu Club.

• Bob Williams team  from Palmerston North Club managed to draw much comment when they played the final of the national club triples centre  event last Sunday. Bob managed to attract extra attention from the gallery by breaking the golden rule and wearing black underpants under his whites!
(Sorry Bob).

• Our representative teams scored comprehensive wins over Hawkes Bay in last Sunday’s annual fixture hosted this year by Palmerston North Club. Both genders lined out two teams of seven and all teams met both teams from Hawkes Bay. The team sported a brand new playing strip organised by our late President Maggie May and the design drew favourable comment. A nice change from some of the previous “pyjamas” players have been asked to wear.

Players to impress were the Phillip Skoglund skipped “A” four’s lead and two Chris Barrett and Grant Davis. Their dominance is illustrated by the fact that only nine shots were scored against them over 32 ends. Lawrie Gordon had a good day winning both singles. It is an unusual spot for an “over 60” to be found playing in an open event but Gordon is thriving in the role.

For the women I was taken with the play of both pairs, the “A” combination of Mere Fryer and Chris Quinn and Sue Meyer skipping Jacinta Cousins in the second team. Feona Sayles also scored two wins in a good workout before the Nationals.

Selectors now need to confirm top sevens for the Quadrangular involving Wellington, Kapiti and Wairarapa at the end of January. Two teams will go to the event but only one goes onto the national finals. It is hard to see any change to the women’s top seven but Eric Watson may not yet have settled on his final men’s seven. Mark Noble will pressure Shane Roger’s for the measurer’s spot in the four and anything could yet happen with the leads for the pair and four. Barrett and Pat Horgan have been a lethal pair in the past and Watson may be tempted to reform the combination.

• The prestigious Hurn Cup challenge trophy changed hands last Sunday with Palmerston North scoring a surprisingly comfortable win over Northern’s Ray Lovie, Doug Hayward, Grant Simms and Derek McKee. On paper they would appear too experienced for Brian Little, Eric Cairncross, John Graham and Ted Hodgson but players sometimes find an extra gear in a no love lost derby. For the record the score was 21-10 and Takaro have the season’s last challenge.

Enjoy your Christmas break and do someone a good turn.

Tony Jensen”

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