McLeod wins WPOS

30 Sep 2013

The Heartland Bank Women’s Premier Open Singles has been taken out in fine style by Marilyn McLeod of Tauranga South at Pakuranga yesterday.

In the quarterfinals Fleur Grenfell could not repeat her beautiful bowls of yesterday as she played fellow club member Reen Stratford. Nothing went Grenfell’s way and the experienced Stratford ran away to a 21-8 win.

Emma Waerehu of Mangere didn’t get going until about five ends had been played but once she got going she powered out to a 16-9 lead over Pt Chevalier’s Jo-Anne Ikiua.  Ikiua tried a come back but finally had to accept defeat at 21-17.

Sonya Bamber, Carlton Cornwall, met the inaugural winner of the tournament Marilyn McLeod of Tauranga South, the lone out of Auckland player to remain in the event. McLeod’s experience showed through when sitting at 20-16 she drew another two shots. With time elapsed, Bamber ran at the jack in an attempt to take the jack into the ditch and claim the four shots she needed for an extra end but the delivery was not executed well and McLeod had her place in the semifinals.

Fay Yates went out to a flyer against Tere Tuaiti of Onehunga and at 15-5 after 15 ends looked to be heading for the shortest of the quarterfinals.

Tuaiti had other ideas and scored thirteen points over seven ends while Yates’ score had just climbed by two shots from one end. 

The Pt Chevalier player had a resurgence and finally took the game 20-18 as the time limit ran out and a massive 25 ends had been completed.

Reen Stratford met Emma Waerehu in the semifinals and showed no mercy- Warehu conceded the game after just seventeen ends at 20-8.

At 15-6 down Fay Yates should have been down and out in her semifinal against Marilyn McLeod. However Yates made a comeback and fought her way to 15-13 before McLeod got another shot.

However once set going again there was no stopping McLeod and she finished the game at 21-14.

The final between Stratford and McLeod was a one was street with the passage of one and half hours Stratford had to wait to commence the final probably contributing to her not being able to find her way.

The game was very quick with McLeod, the inaugural winner of this event, scooped the title once again with a run away 21-3 win.

Congratulations to Marilyn on her win.

Auckland Bowls would also like to thank Heartland Bank, who have sponsored this event since its inception.


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