Bop Bowls 3 Five
A great weekend of Bowls
Day 1: Qualifying
The first day was packed with five fast paced rounds of qualifying. It was the
Tauranga Domain team of Steve Hughes, Brendan Brill and Jocelyn Holten that
set the standard in section one with five wins. The other three spots went to
Raewyn Willis, Mount Maunganui and Andre Hudson of Tauranga Domain,
both with twelve game points from four wins, while the last spot went to Nick
Tomsett who pipped out last year’s champion Cliff Webber (Omokoroa) with a
superior net set points score.
In section two there were two outstanding combinations. A Tauranga Domain
team comprising Dan Dickison, Debbie White and Mary Campbell and
Omokoroa’s Robbie Geerlings, Lynda Boschat and Caitlin Thomson, who both
won all five rounds. That just left two qualifying spots and with three teams
equal on twelve game points to fit into the two, it was always going to end in
tears. Eventually it came down to net set points. Dave Jones (Taupo) on plus
four took the third spot and Paul Anderson (Mount Maunganui) the last
position on plus three. It was heartbreak for Frank Aldridge from Tauranga
South, only missing out by one set point.
Day 2: Post Section and Year 1-5 Junior Round Robin
In the Junior round robin event, there were five teams competing with a bye
round for each team. The first three rounds were close with four teams still in
the running. It came down to a last round match between an Opotiki team led
by Debra. Millen against Tracey Ashley’s from Whakatane. It was the Ashley
team that put the afterburners on winning the first set 9-2 and closing out the
second set 5-1. Congratulations to the Whakatane team of Ashley, Kate Robbie
and Michael Ashley, becoming the 2023 Junior 3 Five Champions.
In the Open post section quarter-final play, there were three teams from
Mount Maunganui, three from Tauranga Domain and one each from
Omokoroa and Taupo. It then came down to a Mount Maunganui vs Tauranga
Domain semi-final between Hudson vs Tomsett and Dickison vs Anderson in
the other match.
It was a thriller in the first semi with Mount Maunganui coming back to draw
the first set after being down by two points going into the last end. In the
second set it came down to the last bowl where Tomsett just missed resting
the bowl for shot and Tauranga Domain advanced to the final.
In the second semi it was Mount Maunganui that got off to a flyer with Steve
Beel playing some telling bowls. In the second set it was the Tauranga Domain
team applying some pressure but Mount Maunganui absorbed it all and on his
last bowl Beel peeled off the shot bowl to win, with Mount Maunganui
advancing to the final.
The final was a hum dinger. The Tauranga Domain team of Hudson, Wayne
Smith and Marilyn Constantine came out strong securing the first set 5-1. In
the second it was the skill of Anderson who secured the majority of the heads
for the Mount Maunganui team, winning 6-3. It went to a tie breaker where
once again it was Anderson who held the closest bowl. On his last bowl Hudson
touched the jack on the draw but couldn’t hold onto it. Mount Maunganui
becoming the eventual winners. Congratulations to Beel, Anderson and
Lorraine Rowling, the 2023 Open 3 Five Champions.