Bowls: Tauranga South triples champions

Mens Centre 2-Bowl Triples

This tournament was held at Gate Pa. From a very strong field of 26 teams, eight teams qualified for post-section play. In a hard-fought final, the Tauranga South team of Graham Skellern, skip, Ben Thurston and Grahame Heward prevailed 13-10 over the Mount Maunganui team of Steve Beel, skip, Lance Tasker and Terry Muir.

Women's Centre Pairs

The Women's Centre Pairs which were held at Matua attracted 34 teams with the Tauranga Bowling Club providing one green for section play. Thirteen teams qualified for post-section play with the final played between the Tauranga South pair of Dawn Clark with Del Hawke, and the Ohope pair of Sheryl Wellington and Kathy Dempster-Rivett. As they had throughout the tournament the Tauranga South pair played steady draw bowls winning the title 20-9.

On Sunday February 17, the Bay of Plenty Open Reserve Men and Women sides (each side comprising a singles player, a pair and a four) travelled to Hamilton to play in a Zone 2 tournament against Thames Valley, Waikato and Counties Manukau. The top two men and women teams from this tournament will represent Zone 2 against the top two teams from Zone 1 (Far North, North Auckland, North Shore and Auckland).

The men's team struggled throughout the tournament winning only three and drawing one of their nine games to come third but the women lost only two games to be clear winners on the day.

Women's team: Singles Jean Morris, mat - won 2, lost 1; Pairs PK RTamehana (Whakatane-skip) and Jasmine Merrick (Ngongotaha) - won 2, lost 1; Fours Josephine Connolly (Omanu-skip), Sue Taylor (Matua), Janet Alexander (Tauranga South), Karen Clarke (Omanu). Coach/selector - Melva Clarke (Gate Pa).

The National Intercentre Tournament is being played in Auckland on Friday-Saturday with the Bowls BOP Open Men's and Women's teams participating. The teams are:


Singles: Mary Campbell (Tauranga South)

Pair: Wendy Green (skip) and Lynette McIntosh (Taupo)

Four: Mina Paul (skip), Mere Eden, Missy Fitzgerald and Huia Ratana (Ngongotaha)

Selector/coach: Melva Clarke


Singles: Paul Anderson, Mount Maunganui

Pair: Phil Harris (Tauranga South, skip), Robbie Aitken (Gate Pa)

Four: Steve Beel (Mount Maunganui, skip), Graham Skellern (Tauranga South), Stu Robertson (Rotorua), Tony Parkinson (Tauranga South)

Selector/coach: Brian Guy

Club results


Junior Mens singles played Feb 23-24: Ray Adams 1, runner-up Bob Powell.


Friday triples Feb 15: 1st: Lynne Donovan, Faye Spring, Mel Donovan, 3W, 12, 29, 2nd: Rita Andrews, Julia Matthewson, Audrey Crabbe. 2W 1D, 17, 32. 3rd: Noelene Schmidt, Paul Schmidt, Joe Ede. 2W 1D, 14, 28. 4th: Les Griffiths, Dan O'Brien, Joan O'Brien. 2W, 1D, 13, 28. 5th: Audrey Goile, Pat Walton, Murray Savage. 2W, 16, 26. 6th: Brian Jessop, Ray Rohloff, Graham Johnson. 2W, 10, 29. 7th: Brian Wakelin, Eduardo Iaccarino, George Ammann, 2W, 14, 22.

Mens championship pairs Feb 16: Winner: Bruce Ardern & Mike Boyce; runners-up Peter Keaney & Peter Hagan.


Monday, Feb 11 Twilight: 1st Harley Neems, John Shuttleworth & Arthur Shaker; 2nd equal Marlene Neems with Archie Taylor & Betty Jones, Jim Pratt with Jim Broxton & Maureen Bartosh. Wednesday Feb 13 afternoon rollup: 1st Brian Cottter, Jack Stone & Keith O'Connor. 2nd Jim Pratt, Fred Arthur & David Barsdell.

Friday Feb 15, 2x4x2 competition winners Charles Pettit & Stuart Box.

Monday Feb 18 twilight: 1st Harley Neems & Betty Jones, 2nd Donna Whitten & Frank Pettit.

Wednesday Feb 20 afternoon rollup: 1st Larry Pepper, Ray Bailey & Graeme McCabe; 2nd Stuart Pemberton & Jack Stone.

Thursday Feb 21, Mens Junior Pairs: Winners Archie Taylor & Peter McGown; runner-up Keith Stead & Reg Puckey.

Friday Feb 22nd 2x4x2 competition winners Graham Caie & Fay Coombs.


Handicap Singles Feb 19: Senior Men 1st Don Cameron, 2nd Ian Mason, 3rd Jim Avis

Junior Men 1st Nelson Pritchard, 2nd Clive Patching, 3rd Ian Stevenson

Championship Triples Feb 23-24: Ladies Winners Hilary Stanley (skip), Anne Murphy & Margaret Jefferies, runners-up Joan Mexted (skip), Joan Torteli & Ruth Hamlin.

Men's Finalists are Ian Mason (skip), Rodger Broomhall & Graeme Gunn who will play John Hunt (skip), Warwick Crampton & Peter Kerr. Results of this final will be published at a later date.


Friday Feb 8 Eves Triples. 1st Jim Smith, Jan Gourlen, 2nd John Hodgson, Jack Gourlen, Tom Harray.

Tuesday Feb 12 S.B.S.Triples: 1st Jane Beveridge, Margaret Roberts; 2nd Ian Spraggon, Mavis Fraser, Betty Bartlett.

Friday Feb 15 Eves Triples: 1st Tom Harray, Tom Prince, 2nd Jim Smith, Kath Williams.

Tuesday Feb 19 S.B.S Triples: 1st John Hodgson, Alison Connolly, Betty Bartlett; 2nd Jim Smith, Jan Hodgson, Neil Taylor.

Friday February 22 Eves 2x4x2 Pairs: 1st Owen O'Connor, Murrae Murray; 2nd Jim Smith, Mavis Fraser.

Results of Men's Championship singles played on Feb 17, winner Gavin McLauchlan, runner-up Evan Vernall.

Women's Championship Singles played on Feb 17: Winner Judy Roycroft, runner-up Mavis Fraser.

Tauranga South

Women's Split 4s Sponsor Harvey World Travel Feb 20. 1st M. McLeod, J Alexander, M Adams, S Weal 4 wins +19, 2nd N Gallagher, B Fitzgerald, A Reilly, M. Saunders 3 wins +13; 3rd D Clark, D Hawke, K Martin, J Mabbett 3 wins.

Progressive Triples. Sponsor HOBEC. Feb 22: 1st Laurie Coughey 3wins +33, 2nd Henry Pratt 3wins +25, 3rd Brian Ellett 3wins +23, 4th Eddie Ashcroft 3wins +21, 5th Barry Elshaw 3wins +12, 6th Les Smith 2wins +15, 7th June Mabbett 2wins +13, 8th Geoff McNeil 2wins +11.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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