BOP Bowls Presents Centre Triples
It was a windy first day for all teams having to cope with the conditions. It was the women’s
qualifying event on the Omokoroa and Papamoa greens that threw up the first shocks, as last year’s
winner L.Renata, current form favourites PK Tamehana and local hope Carol Hubert were knocked
out in the qualifiers. It was the same in the men’s event, played at Matua, where current form and
multitude winner Mark Sarginson as well as a number of Bay representatives didn’t get out of the
Sundays post section at the amazing venue of Matua started with some crucial match ups that would
decide who would be playing who in the quarter finals. The games of the round were the match ups
of Wendy Green vs Sue Hodges and Anthony Ouellet vs David Jones. All teams stacked with talent. In
the women’s game it was the consistency of Sue Hodges that got her team over the line with a close
battle, 18-14. In the men’s, it was Eric Patillo that anchored his team with some touches of class
added by Ouellet.
To the semis and it was an absorbing match between Hodges and Karen Hema. After a valiant effort
by Hema with a myriad of shots, it was the Hodges team that showed most consistency throughout
the game to win 17-12. In the men’s semi it was the team of Paul Anderson against Andre Hudson’s
combination that captured the imagination of the packed Matua crowd. While Hudson and skip
Frank Aldridge played some outstanding shots, it was the sheer brilliance of Nathan Arlidge, playing
two for Anderson, that secured end after end for his team. It also has to be noticed that Anderson
played the shot towards the end that turned the game on it’s head, from 3 down to 2 up in one
bowl. Anderson eventually winning 19-12.
To the women’s final it was the team of Hodges, Caitlin Thompson and Simone Stewart from
Omokoroa playing Raewyn Willis, Bridget Crawford and Mary Conroy of Mount Maunganui. It was
the Conroy show, winning the lead battle of 13 out of 16 ends, then complemented by Crawford
from midway through the game all the way to the finish – Willis winning 19-13.
In the men’s final it was the composite team of Ben Thurston, Wayne Smith and Tony Gabolinski
versus the Mount team of Anderson, Arlidge and Steve Beel. Gabolinski played really well by
consistently putting at least one bowl within a foot of the jack every end. Throughout the game he
was well supported by his other team members who both played some amazing draw saves.
Unfortunately the Mount team couldn’t maintain the form they had in the semis with the game
slowly slipping away from them. It eventually ended with a win to Thurston 13-7.
Congratulations to Bridget Crawford and Tony Gabolinski on their first Centre titles.