High winds delay pairs final

Powerful winds made sure Manawatu bowlers would have to wait to decide the final of the 2x4x2 mixed pairs tournament.

The final between the pair of Sharon Sims and Mark Noble against top qualifiers Barry Wynks and Janine Noble was postponed because of strong northwesterly gales buffeting the Northern Bowling Club greens yesterday.

The final will be held at a date yet to be confirmed when it can be fitted into the Manawatu bowling calender.

Last year’s winners, Sims and Noble, beat Terry Puklowski and Christina Bryan 20-15 in the quarterfinal and the pair of Edgar Jones and Sharon Groves in the semifinal 25-5.

Wynks and Janine Noble beat Noleen and Lindsay Elston 19-13 in the quarterfinal and Shane Rogers and Georgie Kahui-Rogers 14-8 in the semifinal.

Puklowski, the tournament controller, arrived in the morning to find the greens underwater and while they managed to get the greens playable, the wind made it too hard.

“We got through the quarterfinal and played the semifinal and it was nigh on impossible to get a good result,” he said.

Puklowski said that in the interests of the game they would wait for a nicer day.

It is a Manawatu centre title which the winners go on to play in a zone tournament and then if they win that, they go on to a national tournament. Because of its importance they wanted to make sure it was played properly.

The strong winds were blowing bowls out of bounds during competition and Puklowski said after two ends, all hell broke loose.

“It becomes a lottery.”

In the other quarterfinals, Rogers and Kahui-Rogers beat Neil Gordon and Linley Rogers 22-16 and Jones and Groves beat Adam Johnston and Julianne Mills 18-17.