Keith eyes fifth title

31 Dec 2014

Written by Daisy Hudson for The Guardian

After a strong start to the competition on Sunday, Sandra Keith has continued her winning ways at the Heartland Bank National Open Championships on Auckland’s North Shore.

Keith is looking increasingly dangerous as she eyes her fifth national title, remaining unbeaten heading into post section play in the women’s singles competition.

She also showed her class in the women’s pairs, winning both of yesterday’s matches in section play with partner Serena Matthews.

Keith’s biggest competition for the singles title appears to be New Zealand representative Mandy Boyd, a bronze medallist at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier in the year, who also made it through section play unbeaten.

The second day of the competition also proved better for Mid Canterbury’s other hope, Carol Wilson.

Despite crashing out of the singles tournament with just one win from three games in section play, Wilson and her partner Pauline Bax started the pairs competition with one win and one loss.

Wilson, who has been playing bowls for just one year, will also compete in the fours with her mother and an aunty, where they have been drawn in the same section as Keith.

The National Open Championships is the first major tournament for Wilson, having been only a club-based player until now.

The competition runs for 13 days, with the finals of the singles and pairs set down to be played on January 4, while the fours will conclude five days later.

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