National Gold Star for Delany

Gold Star

29 Jul 2013

In a National Club Championships that has seen more than its fair share of champions crowned on razor-thin differential, the men`s fours title was decided by the closest cut.

Onehunga`s Dan Delany (skip), Joe Whitelaw, Jordan King and Scott Evans met rivals for the title, Geraldine, in the final round of play last night and slipped past the South Canterbury side by having the lowest number of points taken from them throughout the five rounds of the championship.

As well as a national title for the Aucklanders, the win earned Black Jack Dan Delany his fifth national title and a Gold Star (awarded to New Zealand bowlers that have won five national titles). But it doesn`t get any closer than a count-back on shots against a side for a title victory, as this means that the two teams in the running for the honours must have drawn on match points from games won and equalised on the net total of points earned on each side.

With five less points taken from the Onehunga quartet, Geraldine`s Steve Jones (skip), Dan Rooney, Rickie Ross and Dennis Johnstone had to settle for second place.

Having come back from a 13-2 deficit after eight ends, the Cantabrians finished just 15-17 behind Delany`s men; making for an even more bitter pill to swallow, as the points were tallied and tallied again in Onehunga`s favour.

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