Bridge Park Bring Cup Home

12 May 2014

A comprehensive performance by the Bridge Park 1-5’s ensured the Mercedes cup is back in Auckland for the second consecutive year. Bridge Park won 11 out of 12  matches to double the points score of the second place getters Hikurangi (Northland). Browns Bay (North Harbor), Coopers Beach (Far North) and Papakura (Counties Manukau) rounded out the placings.

The Bridge Park team comprised Sandra Taylor, Maroi Pereeti and Phil Taylor (skip) in the triples; Teo Turua and Luka Mataora (skip) in the pairs and Ta Rito playing singles. Five rounds of matches saw each team playing four games. The win was doubly satisfying for Phil and Maroi who reluctantly missed champ of champ outings to participate up north.

The first round of games saw Bridge Park score wins in the triples and pairs, who sneaked in 11-9 after holding a 10-0 lead. The second round saw the pairs up by one and Ta down by one when an electrical storm swept across the green with 12 minutes left on the clock. An early lunch saw the rain clear and the green slow dramatically. This seemed to suit Bridge Park who won all the remaining ends in both fixtures to secure victories. Three more wins in the third round of matches saw Bridge Park well ahead at the end of round three.

Round 4 saw Ta score an easy 18-9 win over his Browns Bay opponent and a win for the triples would mean the cup was secured with a full round remaining. In the final end they were ahead 13-9 but three down on the head when Phil drew second shot with his last bowl. Surprisingly the Papakura skip left the bowl alone and drew a second shot for a 13-11 Bridge Park win.

The final round was a contest for the minor placings. Luka and Teo played outstanding bowls to ensure the 100% record was still intact with a 17-9 win over Coopers Beach. In his final match Ta overcame stiff resistance from the outstanding Northland junior Savanna Lauder. He eventually prevailed 18-9 after being behind at the halfway mark. The triples were on track to make it a clean sweep until the Browns Bay skip lifted several gears and played some outstanding bowls. With Sandra and Maroi dominating, Bridge Park were holding 4, 5 and even 6 shots only to be denied by successive inch perfect draw shots from the opposing skip with her final bowl. This secured a 17-9 win for the North Harbour team. It also ended a 26 match unbeaten run for Bridge Park 1-5’s interclub team going back to the first morning of Auckland qualifying in early February.

Our thanks to Auckland Bowls for their support of the team, to the Hikurangi club for hosting a great tournament and to our traveling supporters;  Manager John Robertson, cheer squad Lynley, Elaine, Rhonda, Danica and Tactician Desmond. A big thank you as well to the manager of the Kingswood Manor motel who shut down our music at 9:30 pm on Friday night ensuring we were all well rested for the competition on Saturday!!!

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