First Champions of the season found
Our first club event of the season was held on Sunday – the Noel Childs Mixed Pairs. Ten teams took eagerly to the greens for the best of 4 games competition.
Heading into the final round, there was only two three-winners—Jo Mckenna/Kevin Morris and Callum Height/Jenny Stockford. With a number of two winners waiting in the wings, tension was high. Anything could happen!
The Mckenna/Morris combination had a tussle on their hands with the Gail Clark (S) /Harry Davis (L) duo. For most of the game, there was just one or two points in it. On the penultimate end, Jo played a great bowl to gain the shot, only to give it away with her last. Four down last end, Jo and Kevin dug deep for a draw. But, 3 wins and a draw was not enough,
The talented new face, Callum Height (S), with Jenny Stockford (L) came up trumps against John Petelo (S) /Leigh Cutler (L) to gain their fourth win of the day.
1st – Callum Height (S), Jenny Stockford (L)
2nd – Jo McKenna (S), Kevin Morris (L)
3rd – Keith Earl (S), Jenny Jones (L)
Congratulations Callum and Jenny!
We did it We are open!
The season got underway at 2pm Saturday 12th September with a casual roll up—with players bowling on alternative rinks in their ‘bubbles’.
The formalities commenced at 4:30pm with the official welcoming, a mini-prizegiving, and the opening of the greens. Thank you to Noel Childs for doing us the honour of delivering the first Jack and to our well performed Club Captain Harry Davis for delivering the first bowl.
Congratulations to our newly crowned 2019/2020 Junior Ladies Singles winner Margaret Dotchin who beat fellow first year Kathy Peri in the final last weekend. It won’t be long before you will be battling the title again!
Congratulations also to Harry Davis and Graham Edwards who were presented their bars for 5 club titles—and to our Centre Winners—Aiden Takarua (Ch of Ch Singles); Steve Hoeft/Colin Williams/Harry Davis (Centre Triples); Aiden Takarua/Alex Reed/Steve Hoeft/Harry Davis (Centre Fours) - who were presented with their certificates.
Everyone was well fed by The Galley with platters—and, as an added complimentary bonus we were treated to some of their delicious pizzas and slices. Thank you The Galley! … And lets not forget the band, G-Strings! How good were they!
WOW! What a year we have had!
It was good to see a great turnout to this year’s prize-giving on Saturday night.
The evening started at 4 pm, with nibbles at 5pm (thank you The Galley - Point Chevalier) and prize-giving at 6 pm, and as expected, drinks throughout.
Our President, Ian McKenna, is not usually lost for words, but even if he was, there was no chance of that this year! Ian started the evening re-capping some of the many successes of our members throughout the year. There was quite a lot for our small but competitive club.
Special mention and accolades went out to Aiden Takarua who earned his Auckland Gold Star at the age of 21 and after just 14 months of winning his first Auckland title! Aiden’s titles include Auckland Champ of Champ Singles 2019and 2020; Auckland Centre Triples 2019, Auckland Champ of Champ Fours 2019; Auckland Centre Fours 2020.
As well as handing out the cups to the various recipients, we took the opportunity to recognise those members who have reached the 5, 10 and 15 club title milestones and had not yet received their badge. Congratulations to Gail Clark (5), Steve Hoeft (5 plus), John Petelo (10), Angela Temple (10 plus) and Jenny Stockford (15).
The highlight of the night is always the announcement of Most Improved Player and the recipient of the Presidents Cup (which is for a member who has gone above and beyond).
This year Most Improved went to club favourite Harry Davis. To be fair, Harry has always played to a high standard, but this year stepped up an extra notch or two – resulting in him winning two Auckland Centre titles.
The Presidents Cup was awarded to Kevin Morris, who has been helping in every capacity possible – a member of the committee, convener of the Match and Tournament committees, setting up the green for club and tournaments, tidying up the outside areas, spring cleaning and painting as well as finding time to coaching our new members. As one of his fans said on the night ‘Best Coach Ever’.
Congratulations and well deserved Harry and Kevin.
Watch the games:
Lucky Escape for Alex Reed
Alex Reed would have been all smiles after what can only be called a “weekend of lucky escapes”.
As an Auckland resident, Alex should have been stuck at home like the rest of us. But, a fortuitous decision to visit family meant Alex was in Tauranga when Level 3 was declared. He then chose to stay away!
Alex should have been working – however, with the necessary equipment stranded in Auckland – the task of live streaming the NZ Junior Singles was given to someone else – allowing Alex the opportunity to put a last minute entry into the Young Guns competition!
Alex should have missed out on qualifying in the Young Guns pairs – but for a big bowl on the last end in section play saw him pick up a 5 to get through! His ‘luck’ had to run out eventually… and it did... but not until he made both finals!
Meeting Teri Anderson in the final of the Young Guns Singles, Alex had the early advantage. Teri fought back, and the scores were locked with two ends to go. With her last bowl on the penultimate end, Teri chipped Alex’s shot bowl off for 3. Teri held her nerve, when two down last end, with a bowl each to play. She drew a near perfect bowl which was difficult to remove to hold on for the win.
The two met again in the Young Gun’s Pairs final the following day. Alex and teammate Sam Bryant (Bay of Plenty) vs defending champions Teri Anderson and Jeremy Markham. In a nail-biting game, the scores were tied going into the last end. As the commentators anticipated, Alex waited for his last bowl before getting the shot, leaving Teri with one just chance to fix it. Nudging the shot bowl, Teri moved the kitty to a perfectly positioned bowl for the win.
The North Island Team was announced on Saturday night. To add to the celebrations of making two finals, Alex found himself back in the team for the 7th time! He is once again playing two in the triples for Grant Rayner (S), with new cap Kyle Waldron (L).
Congratulations Alex on a fine weekend and everyone else named in the Island teams. Special mention to Auckland players Paul Wright (Pairs Skip) and Steve Fisher (Reserve).
PBA World Bowls Qualifiers
Steve Hoeft, teaming up with Joe Whitelaw, won the PBA World Pairs Qualifier at Remuera today (19/7/20)! Congratulations gentlemen!
Good luck on the 12th Septmber at the playoffs
Another win to Pt Chev!
Alex Reed and Jean-Claude Fuller flew the flag for Pt Chevalier today when they were victorious in the Western Indoor Pairs.
Hopes of an all Pt Chevalier final disappeared as soon as the post-section draw was announced. Pitted against club mates Teri Anderson and her Mum Jenny Stockford in the first round, only one team could carry on. With scores locked, Reed picked up a 2 on the penultimate end to gain the advantage. Two down on the head, Reed trailed the jack to the end of the mat with his last bowl. Anderson had to sit his bowl off and stay for two to force a draw. Unfortunately for her, she sat the bowl off but her bowl trickled off, to leave her with only one.
The Reed combination overcame the pairing of Simon Poppleton and Georgia Fisher in the semi-final match. Reed was 7-3 down when Poppleton played an attacking shot, slicing the jack to the left of the mat. This resulted in a 5 to Reed. Reed then picked up a 2 on the next end to be 3 up playing the last.
In the final, Reed and Jean-Claude proved too strong for Stu and Sue Liddell winning 15-3.
Congratulations Alex and Jean-Claude!
Golden Day for Aiden and Mesha
Aiden Takarua and Mesha White both earned their Auckland Indoor Gold Stars vesterday, when they combined with Jenny Stockford and won the Auckland Indoor Centre Triples.
Aiden's previous titles include Junior Singles (2016), Auckland Fours (2017), Auckland Singles (2020), Auckland Executive Fours (2020) whilst Mesha's include Junior Singles (2013, 2015), Ladies Fours (2019), Auckland Mixed Fours (2019).
The trio lost their 2nd game of the day to the John Dunne combination, but secured the three wins necessary to qualify by beating the Wright family, Jeanie Carey and Yvonne Shepherd teams.
In their march to the final, Pt Chev defeated New Lynn RSA's Leo Cantell and Portage's Yvonne Shepherd. Steve Fisher's team came through on the other side of the draw after defeating the Wright 's then Te Atatu's Stu Liddell.
The final started off very tight with 3 singles scored, making the score 2-1 to Pt Chev. The scoring then began to mount on the Pt Chev team aided by a kill by Fisher. Pt Chevalier came out the victors 9-2.
Congratulations to Aiden, Mesha and Jenny!
Auckland Indoor Mixed Pairs to the Wright Team
Though not the outcome our Pt Chev team of Aiden Takarua (S) and Jenny Stockford (L) were hoping for, full credit to the son and Mum combination of Paul Wright (S) and Carol Wright (L).
The final was the second time the teams met today - the first game in section play resulting in a draw. The final match however was one sided with Paul and Carol showing their class and despite a valiant effort by Aiden and Jenny it wasn't to be.
On the way to the final, the Wrights beat Trish Fahey and Brian Gianotti followed by Jim Topliss and Lynette Coates. Takarua and Stockford disposed of Simon Poppleton and Georgia Fisher followed by the Graeme Wilson and Brenda Street.
Congratulations Paul and Carol!