Thanks to Grant Hassall and the Taranaki Daily News for the latest Lawn Bowls news from Auckland…
“Taranaki competitors exited early from the men’s pairs and women’s singles at the New Zealand bowls championships in Auckland on Saturday.
Only two of the six women won in the opening round of the singles and then both Margy Carey (New Plymouth) and Cathy Andrews (Paritutu) lost in the second round.
The news in the men’s pairs was no better, with two losing in their opening match before the other Taranaki qualifiers, Ian Andrews and Don Christensen (Paritutu), fell in their second game.
After being drawn into the second round, Carey beat Janice O’Connor (St Heliers) 21-11, before going down to Clare McCaul (Silverstream) 21-12 in the last 16.
Andrews beat Hillary Ross (Mairangi Bay) 21-9 but then lost 21-17 to Sue Burnard (Frankton Railway) in a good display.
First-round losses spelt the end for Fitzroy’s Denise Cottam, Vogeltown’s Gale Fache, Paritutu’s Gloria Shaw and Lepperton’s Nellie Hewson.
Cottam was nosed out 21-19 by Colleen Earl (United), while Hewson and Shaw were ousted by the same score by Sue Way (Hutt) and Liz Badenhorst (Glendowie), respectively. Fache lost 21-12 to Gaylene Harvey (Papakura).
The singles final on Wednesday will be between Johnsonville’s Mandy Boyd and Leeston’s Sandra Keith. Boyd beat McCaul 21-9 in one semifinal, with Keith a 21-11 victor over Burnard.
In the men’s pairs, Andrews and Christensen beat Milan Dragicevich (Browns Bay) 19-11, but the same platform didn’t exist in the next match, the duo going down 18-10 to Kerry Dye (Henderson).
Paritutu’s Brian Kjestrup and Alan Batley were a trifle unlucky, losing their opening match on the last bowl 18-16 to Raika Gregory (Frankton Railway). Vogeltown’s Dean Elgar and West End’s Craig Johns lost 17-13 to Max Urlich (Carlton Cornwall).
The men’s pairs are now down to the semifinals stage, with Elmwood’s Alvin Gardiner and Stokes Valley’s Blake Signal due to meet the Avondale father-and-son combination of Neville and Jamie Hill.
On the other side, Stoke’s Jimmy Pugh and Peter Hodson play Blaketown’s Shane Pascoe and Tauranga South’s Steve Beel.
Gardiner and Signal won through to the final four in a spectacular quarterfinal clash against Chris Le Lievre and Gary Lawson.
It was bowls at its best for most of the match.
With the scores even playing the last end, Lawson drew two shots. On the drive, Signal took them both off. Lawson drew the shot back before Signal, with the last bowl of the game, drove it off again.
Signal had also won his prior match, against internationals Dan Delany and Richard Girvan, with his last bowl on an extra end.
The other quarterfinals were more clearcut.
Jamie Hill skipped exceptionally well to beat Browns Bay’s Brian Wilson and Tony Marinkovich 25-20, while Pugh and Hodson cruised home 24-5 against Neil McMaster and Bruce Shand (Browns Bay).
Pascoe and Beel won 23-11 over David Prasad and Nick Krajancic (Carlton Cornwall).
Post-section starts today in the women’s pairs and men’s singles.”