When available the 2020-21 Centre Results will be posted here.
The final of the Centre Mixed Pairs was played at the Kensington greens
last Wednesday between newcomers to the Centre who have joined the
Kensington Club this season,Garry & Barbara Seddon and the Centre
stalwarts Ian Bowick (Onerahi) and Ann Muir (Kensington).
This was a great close match to watch and after six ends the score was 5
all, both teams scored three shots on the eighth and ninth ends to keep
the scores close. Two shots on the tenth and a four on the eleventh then
gave the break in the match to the Seddon combination and gave them a
six shot lead. The composite combination then had a chase on their hands
and although they scored one and then two shots on the last it was not
sufficient to make an extra end and the match belonged to the Seddon
This was a first Centre title in their first Northland Centre event and
we will probably see more of these two as the season unfolds.
Congratulations to all four players on reaching the final. Thanks also
to the Onerahi, Ngunguru, Hikurangi and Kensington Clubs who hosted this
event and to Umpires on duty for the weekend.
CENTRE OPEN PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
Section play was completed at leigh and Maungaturoto and Mangawhai for
this competition with 30 teams competing for the Men's title and 22
teams for the Women's event.
Eleven qualified in the Men and Six teams qualified in the Women's
Men's results saw two finaiists from the small Arapohue Club in the west
of the centre and in this case the 'younger set' prevailed.
Jason Webb and Patrick Lewis took out the title with a great display of
draw bowls by both players. The father and son combination of Carlson &
Gerald Barnett were runners up after disposing of the strong combination
of Dennis Brewster & David Hood (Whangarei)
in the semi final. This was a nail biter affair with an extra end
having to be played to find a winner. Webb also had tough opponents in
the semi having to beat the well known combination of Kevin Robinson &
Wayne Wrack, Maungaturoto.
Post section results were:
Round 1:L.Michelle bt P.Price 17-10; T,Reader bt G. Herbert 20-17;
J.Webb bt T.Webb 18-11.
Round 2: C.Barnett bt M.Lennan 18-5; D.Brewster bt J.Carruthers 17-11;
K.Robinson bt L.Michelle 17-15; J.Webb bt T.Reader 15-14.
Round 3: C.Barnett & G. Barnett bt D.Brewster & D.Hood 16-15 (xtra end);
J.Webb & P.Lewis bt K.Robinson & W.Wrack 16-9.
Final: Webb & Lewis bt Barnett & Barnett 19-11. This win was a 3rd
centre title for Lewis and 1st Open title for Webb.
In the Women's division it was once again success for Leanne Stewart &
Diane Lawrence (Hikurangi) when they defeated Ann Muir & Maree Attwood
(Kensington( in the final.
Muir had a great match with club mates Patricia Murray & Chris Budge in
the semi finals which could have gone either way. For Stewart & Lawrence
it was a close thing for them when they made a huge come back scoring
eight shots on the last four ends to win by one shot in the first round
of the day. In the semi final they also had a tough match against Carol
Neely & Janene Thurgood (Kamo) only the experience of the Hikurangi
combination gave them the advantage over the Kamo combination who are
both long out of the junior ranks.
The final saw the Kensington combination struggle for line and length
and were 2-10 down after five ends. They could not score on the last
seven ends and conceded with three ends to play.
Post section results were:
Round 1: C.Neeley & J.Thurgood (Kamo) bt S.Rokstad & D>Haslam
(Kensington) 21-9; L. Stewart (Hikurangi) bt A.Halls & S.Renes (Onerahi)
Round 2: Stewart bt Neeley 19-14; Muir bt Murray 18-14.
Final: L. Stewart & D.Lawrence bt A.Muir & M.Attwood 22-7.
This win was an 8th Centre title for each.
Thanks to Leigh, Mangawhai, Maungaturoto for the use of their greens and
facilities. Thanks also to the Umpires and Control personnel who gave up
their time to administrate over the two days.
CENTRE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES RESULTS:
Last weekend saw thirty men and twenty two women take part in the Centre
Open singles for 2020.
Twelve men qualified for post section play as did nine women.
Other than a heavy downpour about 4pm on Saturday the weather was good
enough for the section play to be completed and then post section on
Sunday was held in fine weather.
It is congratulations to Trevor Reader (men, Whangarei) and Patricia
Murray (women, Kensington)on winning the events. Both finals were played
in good spirit, very good games for the numerous spectators to watch,
and both finals resulted in the same results. 21-18 for Reader over his
club mate David Hood, and 21-18 for Murray over Karina Cooper, Kamo.
Men's results were:
Round 1: J.Dunn (Onerahi) bt G.Wright (Kensington) 19-18; T.Reader
(Whangarei) bt K.Robinson (Maungaturoto) 21-13; J.Carruthers (One Tree
PT) bt C.Van Haaften (Kensington) 21-10; C.Claridge (Whangarei) bt
S.Smith (Whangarei) 21-15.
Round 2: D.Brewster Whangarei) bt David Frame (Mangawhai) 21-8; David
Hood (Whangarei) bt G.Lyddiard (Kensington) 21-19; Reader bt Dunn 21-11;
Carruthers bt Claridge 20-19.
Round 3: Hood bt Brewster 21-2; Reader bt Carruthers 21-18.
Final: T.Reader bt D. Hood 21-18.
Round 1: Carol Neeley (Kamo) bt Dawn Owens (Kensington) 20-7.
Round 2: J.Little (Kensington) bt C. Lineham (Manhawhai) 21-16; K.Cooper
(Kamo) bt W.Sarjeant (Mangawhai) 21-16; P.lMurray (Kensington) bt
C.Downs (Kensington) 21-19; D.Strawbridge (Kensington) bt C.Neeley
Round 3: K.Cooper bt J.Little 21-16; P.Murray bt D.Strawbridge 21-18.
Final: P.Murray bt K.Cooper 21-16.
Three junior women and one man qualified for this event, congratulations
to you all on excellent bowls.
Thank you very much to the host clubs for this event, Onerahi, One Tree
Point and Mangawhai (2 days).
Many thanks also to the many markers who responded to our request for
help and to Umpires and Controllers over the weekend.
The Centre junior Pairs were completed last weekend with section play at
One Tree Point and Post Section play at Waipu on Sunday. A disappointing
entry of only eight teams in each section was received. It was, however,
pleaseing to see that six first year bowlers and five second year
bowlers took part and all performed very well and are showing great
promise for the future.
At the end of day one there were three qualifiers in the Men's division
and Four in the Women's division.
It is congratulations to David Warren (Mt Manaia) and John Wilde
(Ngunguru) who combined to take out the Men's division from Gordon
Wright and Keith McFarlane of Kensington.
Wright had the bye in round one and Warren & McFarlane had a very close
match against their Club mates Lew Hill and Grant Jones when they scored
one point on an extra end to take out the match.
In the final a four on the 6th end allowed Warren take a handy lead
after the first five ends had been very even. Five shots scored on the
next three ends shot Wright into the lead only for him to drop a three
and one shot on the next two ends and after thirteen ends there was only
one shot difference between the two teams. Warren then scored on the
next three ends and went into the last end with a four shot advantage.
They scored a two on the last to win the match by 18-12. Both teams
concentrated on draw bowls and some excellent bowls and close heads
throughout the match were the order of the day. All credit to John Wilde
and David Warren who were first and second in the 1st Year singles last
Round 1: G.Wright & K.McFarlane (Bye) D.Warren & J.Wilde bt L.Hill & G.
Final: David Warren & John Wilde bt Gordon Wright & Keith McFarlane
In the Women's division four teams qualified.
In Round one, Skye Renes (Onerahi) & Barbara Hopper (Kensington) bt Sue
Belin & Fran Waterhouse (Mangawhai) 16-7 and Janice Little (Kensington)
and Karina Cooper (Kamo) bt Sarah Childs & Sheryl Ball (Waipu) 15-10.
The final between Renes & Little started off as a close match and after
six ends the score was one the difference at 4 -3 to Little. The wheels
fell off the game for the Little/Cooper combination and they dropped
eleven shots in the next five ends. The Renes/Hopper combination found
their line and drew consistent excellent draw bowls with them scoring a
possible six shots on one end. The Little/Cooper combination could not
find line nor length and after dropping nine shots on the 15th and 16th
end conceded the match.
Final Result: S.Renes & B.Hopper bt J.Little & K.Cooper 24-8.
Congratulations to the Hikurangi Club (Women) and Kensington (Men) who
became the Champions in the Interclub Sevens event held on the weekend.
Twelve sides entered the event in the Men's section and Six in the
In the final of the Men's division Kensington came out the winners over
the Arapohue Club in the battle of the section winners. Kensington took
out the Singles 21-15 and the Pairs 20-17 before the Fours were
abandoned because Kensington held an unassailable lead.
The winning combination was George Lyddiard (Singles); Carl Van Haaften
& Grant Bush (Pairs),Tim Apaapa, John Jamieson, Garry Seddon & John
In the Women's division a full round robin event was played and the
Hikurangi Combination had an outright win with 37 win points, followed
by Kensington 1 33 win points, & Kamo 28 win points in third place.
The winning combination was Leanne Stewart (Singles); Manu Timoti &
Diane Lawrence (Pairs), Betty Mitchell, Savanna Lauder, Gwen Lawson &
Frances Clark (Fours).
The winning combinations will represent Northland in the NZ finals to be
played in Canterbury in April, 2021.
Conditions were tricky for the section and post section play of the
Centre Open Championship triples held Saturday and Sunday.Strong winds
were the order of both days and with the very exposed Onerahi greens
being used for this event the jack was sometimes hard to find!
It was a Match Committee dream when eight teams qualified for the Mens'
division and four teams for the Women.
In the Women, Madeline Yovich (S), Carol Neeley & Karina Cooper (Kamo)
met Jackie Rutledge, Jan Hollingsworth & Rawi Brewster (Mangawhai) in
one semi final. Success going to the Kamo combination 22-9. In the other
semi Patricia Murray, Dawn Owens, Diane Strawbridge (Kensington) met
Leanne Stewart, Betty Mitchell, & Diane Lawrence (Hikurangi). This was a
very tight match and went to the Hikurangi combination 14-13.
The final between Hikurangi & Kamo combinations got off to a good start
for Hikurangi and they were 9-2 up after six ends, then there was a
'comeback' from the Kamo combination and after twelve ends they had
closed the gap to only two shots and it was anyones match. Hikurangi
then had a run of 1,3,4, shots to extend their lead and while Kamo
scored 3 shots on the 14th & 15th ends, the game was virtually over with
a 21-13 victory to the Stewart combination. This was a 20th title for
Mitchell and 9th title each for Lawrence and Stewart.
In the Mens' division Round 1 saw Carl Van Haaften (Kensington) met and
beat Kevin Robinson (Maungaturoto) 25-17; Steve Mitchell (Hikurangi) bt
Frank Srnerich (Whangarei) 22-7; Tom Webb (Arapohue) bt Paul Wightman
(Mangawhai) 16-12; Dean McMurchy (Onerahi) bt Alistair Trimmer (Kamo)
Round 2: Van Haaften beat Mitchell 18-17; Webb beat McMurchy 20-12.
The final saw Carl Van Haaften, Mike Howie & George Lyddiard
(Kensington) beat Tom Webb, Jason Webb & Patrick Lewis (Arapohue) 19-13.
after seven ends Webb was in front 6-4, Kensington then scored eleven
shots in five ends to take the lead and although Arapohue made a short
comeback winning the next three ends, two shots on each of the last two
ends gave the Kensington combination the win 19-13. Both teams were
attempting to give their skips a gold star. The success of Kensingtron
gave Van Haaften his gold star, Lyddiard his 7th and Howie his second
Congratulations to all and special thanks to Onerahi, Whangarei &
Kensington for hosting the event and to the Umpires and Control
personnel who assisted over the weekend.
Twenty eight teams took part in section play for the Centre Fours.
Competition was tight and as a result five men's teams and two women's
teams qualified for post section play.
In the Women's division Hikurangi represented by Leanne Stewart (skip)
Manu Timoti, Savvana Lauder & Diane Lawrence and Mangawhai represented
by Kris Wintle(Skip) Lyn Wintle, Wendy Sarjeant & Christine Lineham
played the final.
Hikurangi started off well and after four ends were 8-1 up on the board.
Mangawhai then found line and length and the Hikurangi players lost
their way and they dropped fiteen shots in four ends, Mangawhai hitting
the front 16-9 after ten ends in the race to fifteen. Hikurangi regsined
their composure and after fifteen ends the score was 18-18. This meant
an extra end had to be played and Hikurangi completed their comeback by
winning the end and threby the match. This gave the Hikurangi club their
third winning title in the Centre Championships for the season.
This was a tenth title for Stewart and Lawrence so earning their bar to
their gold star. For Timoti it was her 22nd title and for Lauder her 4th
Thanks to the Whangarei Club, Control personnel and the Umpires for
their work over the two days.
For the Men round one of post section play saw John Dunn's team
(Onerahi) defeat Kensington skipped by Tim Apaapa on and extra end after
the scores were tied at 10 all.
Round two saw Tome Gowie (Mangawhai) defeat Sam Nelson (Hikurangi) 19-7,
Carlson Barnett (Arapohue) defated John Dunn 15-5.
The final saw another exciting match when Mangawhai, Tom Gowie (Skip),
David Frame, Paul Freeman & Alistair Colliar defeat Arapohue, Carlson
Barnett (Skip) Jason Webb, Tom Webb, Gerald Barnett 15-13. The scores
were tied on the 14th end and it was a shot to put the jack in the ditch
that scored the win for Mangawhai.
This was a 4th Centre title for Freeman, 3rd for Frame, 2nd for Gowie
and 1st for Colliar.
Thanks are extended to Ruawai, Arapohue & Whangarei clubs, Controllers
and Umpires for a well run competition. Special thanks should be
recorded to the Arapohue club for their hospitality which included
lunches being made available for players.
RESULTS OF CENTRE 1-5 YEAR INTERCLUB:
Last weekend saw nine teams of six players contest the Centre 1-5 year
Any Combination Interclub.
Many games were hotly contested and any one of three teams could have
come through and won the event. The final round saw the Kensington side
of Janice Little (Singles); Barbara Hopper & John Hooson (Pairs) and
Michelle Harrington, Lew Hill and Colin Harrington (Triples) win the
event by two win points from Onerahi with Kamo Tuis in third place. Many
teams had several first year bowlers in them and it was a great
experience for them, particularly the ones who were playing on a grass
green for the first time.
Kensington Club will now represent the Centre in the Mercedes Cup Inter
Centre Regional event to be played on the 8th May.
RESULTS OF BOWLS3FIVE TOURNAMENT:
Wednesday night saw the semi finals and final played of the NZ
Bowls3Five qualifying event. After five rounds of section play the sides
to get through were Hikurangi, Kensington Four, Kensington Two and
Mangawhai in fourth place. Semi finals saw first qualifier play fourth
qualifier and second qualifier play third qualifier to finD the
finalists. In the Hikurangi/Mangawhai contest Hikurangi won the first
set by scoring two on the final end. In set two both sides callled their
'power play' on the fourth end, and with Hikurangi scoring four shots
and doubling their score because of the power play, the match was all
over 9-2. A straight two set win to Hikurangi.
In the other match between both Kensington teams, Kensington 4 shot out
to a 7-1 lead in set one after three ends and a one shOt on the fiFth
gave them a 8-4 set win. In set two No2 team scored four shots on the
first end and then it was No 4 team all the way and they reached the
final with a 9-4 win.
The final saw Hikurangi go out to a 8-1 lead after three ends and won
the set soundly 9-2. Set two was a close affair with both teams
exchanging two shots on each end and after 4 ends the scores were tied..
The final end saw both skips 'go through the holes' either side of the
jack and Hikurangi scored one shot to win the match and the competition.
Hikurangi team comprised of Peter Mitchell (Lead) Steve Mitchell (Two)
and Manu Timoti (Skip). Kensington four finalists were Barbara Hopper
(filling in well for Ann Muir), Paul Price, & Grant Bush. Hikurangi will
now represent Northland in Round one of post section play against the
winner from the Far North before 15 April.
JUNIOR CENTRE SINGLES RESULTS:
Twenty eight 1-5 year bowlers took part in the Junior Singles last
At the completion of day one there were seven men and five women
It is congratulations to Paul Price (Whangarei) who took out the Men's
division by defeating Roger File (Kamo) in a closely fought and very
competitive match. After seventeen ends File was in the lead 14-11 and
then Price had a good run of scoring on the next three ends to take the
lead 18-14. The next five ends were shot for shot and Price took out the
event 21-18. To reach the final Price defeated John Hall (Mangawhai)
21-18 and John Dawson (Mangawhai) 21-7. File defeated Keith Lineham
(Mangawhai) 21-3 and David Warren (Mt Manaia) 21-1`6 to reach the final.
This was a first junior singles title for Price who already holds two
junior pairs titles and two Champion of Champion Fours titles.
In the women's division congratulations go to Christine Lineham of
Mangawhai who defeated Karina Cooper (Kamo), once again in a very tight
match 21-15. With light rain falling and a change in the speed of the
green this was another match where the change in conditions had an
impact on the game. Lineham played well with her four bowls always close
by particularly on the second to last end where a three shot score gave
her the break that she needed.
In round 1: Christine Lineham defeaed Veronica Fleming (Maungatapere)
21-7, she had a hard fought match with Janice Little (Kensington) in
round 2 before reaching final. Karina Cooper reached the final by
defeating Sue Belin (Mangawhai) 21-10.
Results: Men - Price bt J.Hall 2-15; Roger File bt Keith Lineham 21-3;
David Warren bt Allan Westl;ake 21-12.
Round 2: Price bt Dawson 21-7; File bt Warren 21-12.
Final: Price bt File 21-18
Results Women: Round 1: K.Cooper, S.Belin, J.Little (Byes; C.Lineham bt
Round 2: Cooper bt Belin 21-10; Lineham bt Little 21-13;
Final: Line bt Cooper 21-15.
RESULTS 1ST YEAR OPEN TOURNAMENT played 21st FEBRUARY 2021
MEN: 1ST: G. BROOKS (LEIGH) 12 win points, +40 net shots; 2nd: N.Third
(Mangawhai) 12 win points, +38 net shots; 3rd: G.Wilson, (Waipu); 9 win points + 24
net shots; 4th: L.Tuutafavia (Arapohue) 9 win points; + 21 net shots.
WOMEN: 1st: A.Peachey (Kamo) 9 win points +30 net shots; 2nd N.Buller
(Onerahi) 9 win points + 24 net shots, 38 shots against; 3rd: H.Conaghan
(Kamo) 9 win points; 24 net shots, 42 shots against; 4th: C.McIntyre
(Mangawhai) 9 win points; +4 net shots;
22 players took part in this event, and although there were two clear
cut 12 point players in the Men's competition, there were four players
on equal points in the women's section. Second and third places were
only separated by shots scored against.
An enjoyable day was had by all, some great bowls played in both
competitions and some very promising players for the future were on
display. markers, umpires and control personnel, for giving up their day
The photos are from left to right...
G. Brooks & N. Third
G. Wilson, G. Brooks, N. Third, L. Tuutfavia
RESULTS CENTRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPION SINGLES:
Last weekend saw the completion of the first Champion of Champion event
when the Singles were played for Men and Women. Sixteen Mens Clubs and
eight woemns clubs entered the event.
It is congratulations to Lang (Joe) Thorburn of Kensington who defeated
Jason Webb of Arapohue in the final of the men's event 21-7. Third equal
were Kevin Robinson (Maungaturoto) and Mike Lee (Mount Manaia). This was
a 16th Open Centre title for Thorburn.
For the women it is congratulations to Manu Timoti (Hikurangi) who
defeated Patricia Murray (Kensington) in an exciting match 21-16. This
was a 23rd Centre title for Timoti. Well done to Karina Cooper (Kamo)
and Chris Budge (Ngunguru) who were 3rd equal.
Both winners are eligible to represent the Centre in the NZ Champion of
Champion event to be played in Wellington from 2nd to 5th July.
UMPIRES TOURNAMENT RESULTS:
The Bowls Northland Umpires Association held their annual fund raising
tournament at the Onerahi greens last week. The weather started off a
bit damp and then cleared to a fine day. This event was sponsored by
Morris & Morris and it is thanks to them for their funding for this
event. Winners on the day were:
1st: Gary Seddon, Grant Bush, Laurel Jones,(Kensington) 3 wins 20 ends;
2nd Les Scott, Dave Smith, Sam Prasad (Onerahi)2 1/2 wins, 20 ends, 3rd
Rex Jury, Jim Taylor, Bruce Clarkson (Maungatapere) 2 1/2 wins, 17 ends.
Six lucky prizes were also distributed on the day to those teams that
did not qualify for a prize.