07 Apr 2015

Article courtesy of Bowls NZ 

Canterbury are celebrating a double victory with Cameron Bailey and Cait Bassett winning the Kittyhawk Championships in Auckland at the weekend.

Both defending champions were outclassed by their Canterbury opponents in the finals.

Cameron Bailey and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley met in the final of the Men’s Championship with Bailey going through the entire competition unbeaten.

Leading from the first end Bailey never took his foot of Bagrie-Howley’s throat as he scored end after end to amass a 21-7 final score.

Cait Bassett is the new champion for the women’s event having taken the scalp of defending champion Ashleigh Jeffcoat. Leading from early on in the game Bassett would not let Jeffcoat get a look in at the jack with a display of good draw bowling on each end. The final score for this game was also 21-7.

The Men’s Plate produced a close game with Aidan Zittersteijn taking a small control in the match. Dropping a four on the allowed Oliver Mason back into the game taking the score to 19-18 to Zittersteijn.  Two ends killed by Mason prolonged the game but in the end Zitterstijn claimed the two shots and the plate event.

In the Women’s Plate Mackenzie Blucher lead from the start but Nicole Toomey made her comeback half was through the game and soon found herself with a commanding lead 19-10. Blucher was not prepared to give up the fight and fought back to a 19-15 position before Toomey closed the game out 21-15.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants for a tournament played in great spirit and camaraderie.

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