Finals Battle at Hillsboro Bowls
01 May 2016
A big congratulations to David Ball (Mt Wellington) on becoming the new Auckland Men's Champion of Champion 1-5 Year Singles winner for the 2015-2016 season. Today Ball played John Almond (Pakuranga) in the game that was postponed due to bad weather. When the game was stopped Almond had a 7pt lead 14-7. It was a true battle for the last half of this game. Ball started the scoring but Almond was all over it taking the next end. Ball chipped away with a couple of high scoring ends and the game was tied up in the 23rd end 18-18.This went point for point until Ball took the last end with 2 winning the game 21-20.
Champion of Champion Mens Semi-Final
Kerry Dye (Henderson) was up against Terry Makira (Mangere) is this semi-final. Dye started the scoring getting a 3 in the first end. Makira took the next 2 ends. Dye came back winning the following 3 ends and taking the lead 9-4 in the 6th end. Makira was never far behind Dye and 1i the 12th end was in the lead 14- 12. Dye managed to even up the game in the 14th end and another tie in the 16th end, but from here Makira took off a won the last 4 ends the final score being 21-16 to Terry Makira.
The semi-final between Chris Salesa (East Tamaki) and Phil Reid (Pringle Park) was a little more one-sided. Salesa took charge of the game early on and Reid couldnt quite get back into the game. The final score being 21-6 to Chris Salesa.
Champion of Champion Womens Semi-Final
The first semi-final was between Rae Hammond (Mangere) and Carol Bennett (Onehunga & Districts). This was a humdinger of a battle! Bennett was first on the board but then Hammond took the following 3 ends taking an early lead of 7-1. Hammond held onto the lead with Bennett looking like she might even things up in the 12th end but not quite managing it. A 4 from Hammond in the 17th end looked to seal Bennetts fate 19-1, but in great style Bennett took the last 4 ends to win the game 21-19.
The next semi-final between Tere Tuaiti (Onehunga) and Anne Mahon (Henderson) was another great game. Tuaiti took the lead early on and held onto it with Mahon never far behind. Mahon closed the gap with a 3 in the 17th end but it wasnt quite enough to take the lead back from Tuaiti whom was too strong on the day and won the game 21-15.