Bowls: Champions crowned at National Under 21s tournament

There was a repeat of last year's final in the women's section of the Bowls New Zealand Kittyhawk National under 21 singles tournament with Cait Basset from Allenton and Ashleigh Jeffcoat from Frankton Junction playing off for top honours again, however the tables were turned this year and it was Jeffcoat who came with the silverware.

In the men's side of things Stefan McCartain from the Gate Pa Club walked away the victor, defeating Jonty Horwell from Dunedin's Kaikorai Club.

Basset had a dream start in the women's final and looked certain to reclaim her title when she was ahead 13-0. Bassett continued to hold the lead but slowly and surely Jeffcoat accumulated points and drew level at the 21st end.

Jeffcoat played a very steady game, consistently picking up twos and threes, this whittled Bassett's hold on the game and she had no answer for her determined opposition.

Jeffcoat regained the title she won two years ago, taking the game 21-19.

In the men's final between Horwell and McCartain, saw the pair stay in touch during the initial stages of the game, but by the end of the 10th end McCartain was starting show some dominance. Horwell played was never able to overtake his opposition. McCartain looked sure of the 2016/17 title by the 18th end when he was ahead 18-12. Horwell managed a couple more points but McCartain shut him out and dominated to take the game 21-14 after playing 22 ends.

The women's finalist were found in the last round of section play, where Jeffcoat defeated Katelyn Inch 21-14, Bassett defeated Amber Down by the same margin. The men had to play semi-finals to secure finals spots. In one match, eventual winner McCartain, had the measure of Richard Hocking 21-12. While in the other semi-final, Seamus Curtin, who was the winner of the National under 18 title earlier in the weekend, was unable to contain Horwell. Horwell took the game 21-10

- NZ Herald

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