GOLDEN BOWLING IN GERALDINE TEMUKA INDOOR BOWLS SELECTED FOURS
It was an extra special win for two bowlers in the Ladies and Mens Selected Fours held over the weekend. Colin Wood of the St Josephs Club and Dianne Reid of the Geraldine Town & Country Club, both gained their Gold Stars for 5 Championship wins.
In the Ladies section there were three qualifiers In the Semi final, Geraldine Town & Country Club team of Barb Reid, Lesley Reilly, Rose McLean and Dianne Reid, played the Citizens team of Vi McNicol, Anne Blissett, Pam Lefeber and Gladys Frisby. It started as a closely contested game with it being 4 all after 4 ends, then Reid and her team played consistently during the remaining ends to take the game 14-6.
A good sized crowd remained to watch the Final which was mostly in favour of the GTCC team, although the Orari team of Margaret Bray, Liz King, Kate Rae and Christine Cronin came back into the game on the 7th end with a 6, bringing them into the lead 9-8. However Reid and her players once again kept their cool and played well to take the win 14-10.
In the Mens section, of the five teams entered, there was only one qualifier with the necessary 5 or more points. The St Josephs team of Paul Desborough, Colin Wood, Randall Johns and John Tyro had played well during the day, and remained unbeaten with 8 points.
Also played recently was the Gld Tka 2x4x2, which was won by Anne Blissett and Eileen Gillum with 5 wins, and second was Brian Rae and Alan Cronin with 4 wins and a draw.
REID TAKES SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Barb Reid of the Geraldine Town & Country Club has taken out the Geraldine Temuka Indoor Bowls Championship Singles event.
In an unusal turn of events, of the seven clubs putting forward their champion Singles players, five of them were women this year.
After the qualifying rounds only three players were to qualify, those being Reid, Karen Cooper from the Milford Club, and St Josephs player Lorraine Tyro.
The Semi final between Reid and Cooper started as a close affair, with the score being 5-4 in favour of Reid after 5 ends. Although Cooper continued to play good bowls, she was unable to score again until the 9th end, which meant Reid was ahead by 10-5. The Final score was 12-6 in favour of Reid.
The final against St Josephs was another close game, although the score did not indicate the play with Reid leading 7-2 after 6 ends. Reid continued to dominate the game, and with only conceding single shots, the game was out of the reach of Tyro after the 11th ends and was conceded with the final score being 11-4. This gave Reid her second Singles Championship title.
GAME OF TWO HALVES IN TRIPLES FINAL
The final of the Geraldine Temuka Indoor Bowls Assn Open Triples held recently, was a game of two halves. Andrew Cowan and his team of Michael Higgins and Maurice Parke got off to a great start to be 8-3 up on their opposition of Colin Wood, John Tyro and Brian Cockburn. But Wood and his team then put the foot down and kept Cowan out of the scoring for the rest of the game , with the final score being 9-8 in favour of Wood.
In the Semi finals, Cowan had a convincing win of 15-4 against Anne Blissett, Gladys Frisby and Pam Lefeber. Cowan’s team dominated the game while scoring 3 points on 4 of the ends during the game, therefore making the difference too great for Blissett. In the other Semi final, Wood had a close game against Brian Rae, Alan Cronin, and Dillon Snelleksz, with it being 2 all after 4 ends. Rae then scored singles on the next 3 ends and after Wood scored a two on the 7th end it was all tied up again on 4 all. Wood then took control of the game and continued to score on the remaining ends to take the game 7-4.
Geraldine win Mortimer trophy
GERALDINE TEMUKA TOO STRONG IN MORTIMER TRAY
The Geraldine Temuka Indoor Bowls teams proved too strong against their Timaru neighbours when they hosted the inter Assn event of the Mortimer Tray.
Each Association fielded 8 fours teams and the competition was steady, but Geraldine Temuka had the upper hand after the first round being 6 games to 2 up. The second round was even with four wins each. Geraldine Temuka then repeated their earlier score with another 6-2 win in the third round, leaving them 16-8 up going into the final round, and Timaru having to win all the remaining games to come out with a draw.
However the last round again went to the Gld Tka teams with 5-3, and giving them the overall win of 42-22 game points, and therefore retained the trophy for another
The best performed team of the day was the Geraldine Temuka team of Barb Reid, Colin Wood, Michael Higgins and Bev Hill, who remained unbeaten with four wins for the day.
Open Pairs Event
GERALDINE TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB TEAMS DOMINATE OPEN PAIRS EVENT
The Geraldine Temuka Indoor Bowls Open Pairs event had a good field of 20 teams entered, with 8 teams qualifying to play off in the post section play.
After this round of play, the four remaining teams proceeded to the semi finals. Three of those teams were representing the Geraldine Town & Country Club, and one was from the Milford Club.
The GTCC combination of Ray Christensen and Graham Imms played against the equally strong Milford team of Kevin Connolly and James Rae. Connolly took hold of the game to be 7-3 up after 5 ends, but then in a game of two halves, Christensen and Imms came back into the game and Connolly was unable to score for the remainder of the game. The final score being 11-7 to GTCC.
The other semi final was a GTCC battle with two strong combinations of Andrew Cowan and Dianne Reid playing against Tick and Barb Reid. Cowans team started off well with 3 points on each of the first two ends, with the score after 4 ends being 7-1 in favour of Cowan. But the Reid duo both played well with good positional bowls, and kept Cowan out of the rest of the game to take the semi final with a score of 10-7.
The final between Christensen and Imms and the Reid’s was always going to be a tense final. The Reid’s both played well with Barb Reid playing good lead bowls, and Tick Reid playing some very skilled shots to be ahead 7-5 after 7 ends. On the eighth end Christensen played some foreceful bowls and was sitting with 5 shots on the head. With their last bowl, Tick Reid played a blinder to move the kitty to his bowl and take the point. After Christensen burnt the last end, an extra end was played but with the Reid’s being 6 points ahead, it was unlikely to gain Christensen the necessary points. The final score was 11-8 to Reid.
Tough battle in Bowls Championship
The Geraldine Temuka Indoor Bowls Pairs Championship playoffs proved to be a tough battle for the two teams in the final.
Geraldine Town & Country Club pairing of Ray Christensen and Dianne Reid, came up against St Josephs Randall Johns and Caryll Hammond.
It was an exciting match up with Christensen scoring well early on to be 7-3 up after 6 ends, but Johns then scored a 3 on the next end, and also played precision bowls on the last end of the game to gain the two points difference to equal the score and therefore force an extra end.
There were some great bowls played by both teams, but it was Johns & Hammond who held the winning shot at the end of the game to take the Championship.
In the Semi final, Christensen came up against the Woodbury pair of David Gray and Gill Cleaver. Both teams scored well and the game was anyone’s after the 6th end with Christensen slightly in the lead on 5-4. Geraldine T&C continued to score on the next two ends to be leading 8-4 going into the final end. This proved too much for Woodbury to close in on them and the final score was 8-5 to GTCC.