Elgar’s four hold nerve to advance – Bowls Nationals

Thanks to Grant Hassall and the Taranaki Daily News for the latest Lawn Bowls news from Auckland…

“Taranaki’s representation in the fours at the New Zealand bowls championships is down to one side after section play concluded yesterday. All three of the women’s teams missed out, as did Don Christensen’s Paritutu quartet, but Dean Elgar’s side is safely through – and they remain a hot contender. Playing with Gerry O’Sullivan, John Garrud and David Bennett, Elgar led for most of his morning match against Petar Sain (Carlton Cornwall), before dropping five shots three ends from home to fall 14-11 behind. However, the side held their nerve, levelled the scores on the 18th head, and then claimed the extra end to win 16-14. For good measure, the team also triumphed 19-15 in the fifth round against Rob Ashton (Johnsonville). Ashton also lost in the final round, to Ian Pyke (Browns Bay), to miss out on qualifying. It was the same result for Lou Newman (Victoria) in the section of death, but Sain, Shannon McIlroy and Gary Lawson all advanced. Christensen scored his second win in the fourth round but a one-point defeat in the next game, after the scores had been tied playing the last end, brought down the curtain on the Paritutu campaign. The only women’s team to win yesterday was Paritutu’s Cathy Andrews, who beat Vogeltown’s Gale Fache 22-15 first up, to leave both teams on two wins. But losses in the next round eliminated both teams. Andrews went down 17-14 to five-winner, Estelle Hickey (Howick), while Fache was thumped 26-5 by Denise Samuel (New Lynn), who was also among the 21 qualifiers. It was not the day for Val McEldowney’s New Plymouth side, either. They lost 17-15 to Pauline Mytton (Browns Bay) and 13-9 to Val Botica (Manly) to bow out.”

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