Results of Centre Open Championship Pairs
15-16 October, 2022
The Centre Championship Open Pairs were completed last weekend in fine but cool conditions. 32 men's teams and 21 women's teams took part in qualifying. The competition was tough and only five women's teams and thirteen men's got through to post section play.
In the men it was the 'younger brigade' that reached the final and the experience of Garry Fraser and Paul Price representing the Kamo Club came through when they defeated Carl Van Haaften and Jeffrey Cole (second year bowler) representing Hikurangi Club 23-10 in the final. Fraser and Price got out to a a great start and the Hikurangi combo were on the back foot when they were 4-17 down after 13 ends and never really recovered.
Price was lucky to survive the semi final when they beat the experienced Lyddiard by one shot, whereas Van Haaften had a comfortable win over the father and son David and Daniel Hood. This was a sixth title for Fraser and fifth and gold star for Price.
Round 1: P.Wightman (Mangawhai); J.Dunn (Onerahi); Price (Kamo); Byes; G.Lyddiard (Kensington) bt B.Barnetta (Mangawhai) 19-12; D.Hood (Whangarei) bt A.Westlake (Onerahi) 21-10; K.Robinson (Maungaturoto) bt A.Trimmer (Kamo) 14-12; D.McMurchy (Onerahi) bt D.Cameron (Hikurangi) 16-15; C.VanHaaften (Hikurangi) bt T.Moyle (Kamo) 17-9.
Round 2: Dunn bt Wightman 18-8; Price bt Lyddiard 15-14; Hood bt Robinson 23-18; Van Haaften bt McMurchy 15-9.
Round 3: Price bt Dunn 15-4; Van Haaften bt Hood 11-10.
Round 4: Final - Price bt VanHaaften 23-10.
Two Kensington teams reached the final and it was the combination of Dawn Owens and Margaret Gurney were successful in a very close match.
After nine ends Attwood and 2nd year bowler Eileen Conaghan were up 10-4 . Then they had a bad patch (or the opposition had a good patch) and they did not score on the next five ends. The last five ends were bowl for bowl and the final score was two shots the difference. This win gave Dawn Owens her third title and Margaret Gurney her seventh centre title.
Full results were:
Round 1: Owens/Gurney bt Strawbridge/Rokstad 19-9;
Round 2: Attwood/Conaghan bt Muir/Smith 16-15; Owens/Gurney bt Halls/McKinnon (Onerahi) 13-8.
Round 3: (Final) D.Owens/M.Gurney bt M.Attwood/E.Conaghan 16-14.
Well done, everyone.
Gwen Lawson, Operations Manager