Victory to Pt Chevalier!
Pt Chevalier held their Victory Cup Open Triples tournament this weekend with 18 teams entered.
After Day One, the leader board saw Pt Chevalier’s Kevin Morris at the top with 4 wins, and Howick’s Neil Fisher in 2nd place with 4 wins also. The best of the 3 winners, in 3rd and 4th place, Colin Williams and Mamae Taurua, both suffered their only loss of the day to the Morris combination.
Despite the order at the top of the table changing throughout Day 2, when the dust settled, the top 4 places remained unchanged. The Pt Chevalier team of Kevin Morris (S), Graham Edwards (2) and Jo McKenna (L) had only one blemish to their scoreboard when they were beaten in the 6th round by Kolani “Dollar” Moata, Judie Tihi and Nogi Lepa.
Nipping on their heals in 2nd place, with 5 ½ wins from 7 games, was Howick’s Neil Fisher (S), Bryan Chapman (2) and Les Brown (L). In a day of mixed results, they drew their 5th round game, won their 6th to take the lead, only to lose their final game of the day and slip back to 2nd.
Third place, with 5 wins, was Pt Chevalier’s Colin Williams (S), Tessa Farley (2) and Jenny Stockford (L). They faltered in the last game of the day when they were beaten by club mates Jean-Claude Fuller (S), Nick Bell (2), John Petelo (L).
Fourth place, also with 5 wins, was New Lynn’s Mamae Taurua, Sani Fane (2) and Sanele Alo (L).
Fifth place went to the biggest movers on Day 2. Being one of only 2 unbeaten teams on the second day, helped the Dale Knight side of Gus Miller and Ian Warren climb from 12th place to 5th, finishing the weekend with 4 wins and 2 draws!
Congratulations to the winners and place-getters, and a HUGE thank you to everyone for supporting our tournament, and to Krystal and her team in the kitchen.
PT CHEVALIER SHINE IN THE
AUCKLAND MIXED PAIRS
Three Pt Chevalier teams – Colin Williams/Tessa Farley, Alex Reed/Jenny Stockford and Nick Bell/Jenny Jones – made the final 8 after two grueling days of competition. Hopes of 5 teams in the last 8 were dashed as the Aiden Takarua/Dale Rayner and Kevin Morris/Angela Temple combinations narrowly lost their final game on Day 2 – causing them to miss out on a countback.
In the plate section, Gail Clark and Paul Stier qualified for the last 8, Their run was stopped by the Te Atatu side of Robyn Reihana and Brendan Kelly
The quarter final matches saw Colin/Tessa and Alex/Jenny both win by comfortable margins to progress to the semi-finals. Nick and JJ were beaten by Teo Terua/Agnes Motu 19-11.
Our two Pt Chevalier sides then met in the semi-finals in what turned out to be a titanic battle. The game was drawn 16-16 after Alex drew the shot with his last bowl on the 16th end, to force an extra end. The extra end was then killed by Jenny with her last bowl. After checking the conditions of play, the umpire determined the extra end had to be replayed. The shot changed many times until Tessa played a perfectly executed shot to push one of her bowls onto the jack and squeeze it to a waiting bowl for two. Jenny attempted to dislodge the bowls, narrowly missing – making the final score 18-16 to Colin/Tessa.
A nail-biting final then entailed between Colin/Tessa and Carlton Cornwall’s James Williams and Kimberley Hemingway. The game was always in the balance with any attempts to break away nipped in the bud by the opposition. In the last 4 ends however, after some precision conversion shots by Tessa and some exciting final bowls by Colin, the Pt Chevalier side pulled away to win 15-11.
A well-deserved win by Colin and Tessa who played exceptional bowls throughout the weekend. Both players are having a stella season, with Tessa recently winning the Auckland Ladies fours and Colin is through to the semi-finals of the Auckland Men’s Pairs with partner Harry Davis.
Men's Triples & Pairs Champions found!
John Petelo started the day with two lives in both the triples and pairs. John finished the day with 2 more Club titles to his name!
Leading for Aiden Takarua (S) and Alex Reed (2), his team kept both lives intact, winning comfortably over the Colin Williams/Steve Hoeft/Harry Davis combination 20-8.
He then teamed up with Steve Hoeft for the pairs finals against Aiden and Alex. Losing their first life, the second game then went down to the wire with John and Steve winning 17-16.
Congratulations to all finalists.
Pt Chevalier Club Triples
Congratulations to our Ladies Champions Jo McKenna (S), Chris Pegg (2) and Jenny Stockford (L) winning the title with two lives in tact.
The final against the in form Jenny Te Nana with newbies Marg Dotchin and Leigh Anderson was a repeat of the first game of the day. Both games were close until the middle stages at which point the McKenna team pulled away.
The middle rounds saw the finalists each take a life of the Gail Clark/Sue Scott/Jenny Jones combination.
Two teams remain in the men's triples - Aiden Takarua/Alex Reed/John Petelo with two lives and Steve Hoeft/Colin Williams/Harry Davis with one. The final(s) will be played on the 5th December.
The men's pairs final between John Petelo/Steve Hoeft (2 lives) and Aiden/Takarua/Alex Reed (1 life) will also be played on this day. Good luck gentlemen!
Battle of the Streets
And the winning Street was... HUMIRIRi ST HAWAIIANS!!!
Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the Battle of the Street - Michael Campbell, Paul Borich, Brent Newson, Nikki Newson and Robyn Campbell. Not only did they look great in their colourful Hawaiian shirts, but they played great bowls too. From day one, they stood out as one of the teams to beat.. and at the end of day two, they remained the only unbeaten team with 5 wins.
Not far behind in 2nd and 3rd place was Bungalow Barge Arse and The Neighbours on 4 wins each.
The Humiriri Street Hawaiians were full of praise for the club. They said the club had struck the right balance with the event. The pirate entertainers made it easy for the many parents to enjoy the bowls. Regulars at our Wednesday Night Social League, they enjoyed meeting a lot of new faces and were hopeful some would join the next Wednesday night league.
Pt Chevalier Mixed Triples
A field of 8 teams took to the green this morning to contest the Mixed Triples. After 3 rounds, only two teams remained unbeaten - Kevin Morris and Callum Height.
Kevin Morris came up against the Gail Clark, Kevin Skinner and Stephen Campbell combination who had just beaten Alex Reed's side. Kevin Morris's team proved too consistent and took their fourth win of the day.
Callum Height came up against the Dale Knight side, who had changed their playing order. The tactic paid off and Chrissy Pegg, Dale Knight and Mitch Boyce took the win 10-9.
Congratulations to our winners - Kevin Morris (S), Ian McKenna (2) and Jo McKenna (L).
Runners up: Callum Height, Steve Hoeft, Jenny Stockford.
Third: Alex Reed, Jean-Claude Fuller, Sue Scott
Off to the PBA World Champs!
Winners are grinners!!
Congratulations to Steve Hoeft (L) and Joe Whitelaw (S), winners of the PBA World Bowls final! They beat the Wellington combination of Caleb Hope (L) and Ray Martin (S) - winning the first set 6-5 and drawing the second set 5-5.
Steve and Joe will be off to Potters Resort in England in March (COVID permitting) to represent PBA NZ in the World Indoor Pairs Open. Good luck!
Watch the game:
** Watch the last half of the second set (approx 1 hour 34 minutes in)... and stayed tuned in for the interview - nice shout out to the Pirates!
Unfinished Indoor Business in Hawke's Bay
While most of us are back on the greens, Alex and Colin had unfinished business on the indoor mats.
Congratulations to Alex who was Runners Up in the Napier Invitation Pairs on Saturday with Mathew Ellis, and to Colin who was runners up in the Hawke's Bay Gold Star Pairs today with Jason Parker.
Unfortunately they were both beaten in the final by a name familiar to Pt Chevalier bowlers - Teri Anderson. For those who do not know, Teri is our secretary's daughter!
Teri was teamed up with Jason Parker on the first day, and Matthew Farquhar on the second.
Keeping it in the family, Alex's Mum Debbie was also successful - she was 3rd equal in the Gold Star Pairs with her partner Don Harris.
Watch the game:
Watch the games:
BURNSIDE UNDER 26 SINGLES
Well done to one of our newest club members Adam Baillie, who was runners up in the prestigious Burnside Under 26 singles tournament at the weekend.
This tournament attracts some of the best young talent in the country, many of who are already household names. Entrants included Black Jacks Seamus Curtain, Tayla Bruce and Sheldon Bagley-Howley, Taylor Horn (2019 NZ singles champion), Richard Hocking, and our own Aiden Takarua.
Adam finished 2nd in his section after losses to the well performed Richard Hocking and last years winner Finbar McGuigan. A notable scalp was Bronze Commonwealth game medalist Aiden Zittersteijn.
Aiden Takarua finished first in his section, suffering only one loss en route to post-section.
Our two Pt Chevalier boys drew each other in the quarter finals with Adam winning 21-17. Adam then went on to beat another name to watch Anthony Ouellett 21-20. Taylor Horn then narrowly beat Adam in the final 21-18.
Congratulations on a fine weekend Adam . We are looking forward to seeing you in a green pirate shirt!
Pt Chevalier hosts first Auckland rep match of the season
It was a pleasure to host the Auckland and North Harbour sides on Sunday as they went head to head in the first rep fixture of the season. It was great to hear everyone enjoyed our greens as much we do!
Congratulations to our players who were selected to play in the match for Auckland - Steve Hoeft, Colin Williams, Harry Davis, Jean-Claude Fuller and Jenny Stockford.
For the days results:
Handicap Pairs to Edwards and Height!
The Pt Chevalier Handicap Pairs were played on Saturday in idyllic bowling conditions.
Two teams finished the day unbeaten on 4 wins - Graham Edwards (S) with Callum Height (L) - and Jo Mckenna (S) with Harry Davis (L).
With a tight time limit, the speedy play of Callum and Graham proved vital. Over the 4 games, they managed to play 9 more ends than the McKenna/Davis combination. With a countback being done on ends, they amassed 40 ends to their rival's 35 ends.
Congratulations Graham and Callum!
This is two events from two for Callum. He is sill in the Consistency Singles. Will he be able to go three from three?
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!
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
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).
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!