Defending Champ Bowls Mum Over to Make Quarterfinals at NZ Open

Men's & Women's Singles - Post Section

10 Nov 2013

It's a rare sporting occurrence that finds a mother and daughter facing each other for a chance at a national title, but women's singles defending champion Kirsten Griffin (United) found herself in that situation today at The Trusts New Zealand Open 2013.

Dispatching her first opponent in post-section play this afternoon 21-4, Griffin then came up against her mother Leigh Griffin (Victoria) in the round of 16, and rolled her out in another solid bowls display (21-9) to make the quarterfinals tomorrow at 1pm.

The Griffins will meet each other on the tournament greens again on Tuesday, November 12, but this time they'll be on the same team playing in post-section of the women's pairs.

“It's great playing with my mum because she's my best mate,” the successful young bowler says.

In a brief, nine-year career the 22-year-old bowler has represented her country in the under-18 Trans-Tasman event (2010), won the Kittyhawks Under 20 National Singles in 2009, become the youngest player in Wellington to earn her gold star for winning five Centre titles and is now a member of the New Zealand Development Squad.

Griffin's rival in last year's final, former New Zealand representative Reen Stratford also made the quarterfinals, increasing the likelihood of a rematch.

Despite a positive demeanour and knack for precise draw shots, men's singles defending champion Graham Growcott (Blockhouse Bay) was put out in the round of 32 by fellow Aucklander Gavin Brown (Ellerslie) 21-15.

Four rounds of men's pairs post-section matches will be played from 8am tomorrow morning and and the women's singles quarter and semifinals will be played from 1pm at Henderson Bowls in Auckland.

Post-section rounds and the finals of the disabled triples and pairs disciplines will also be played tomorrow at Henderson Bowls from 8am.

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