Central Zone Wins Fourth Straight Canoe
22 Aug 2016
Bridge Park once again hosted the running of the 2016 Canoe tournament over the weekend of August 20th and 21st. Once again the weather gods played ball with sunny dry conditions for both days. On the Sunday there was a stiff breeze that did affect the bowls on the green but this abated for the final to be played.
As with last winter's tournament the qualifying games played on the Saturday were very well contested. With 26 competing teams from the five area coaching schools only one team managed to win all four games. Next best team managed three wins and a draw. The top eight teams for the Sunday knock out stages had six teams with three wins. One has to feel for the north western team of Dave Maka who with three wins just missed out reaching the top eight.
The top eight comprised Aiden Takarua four wins, Utu Vave three wins one draw, John Almond three wins, Albert Ale three wins, Jeremy Brosnan three wins, Grant Robinson three wins, Gary Cotter three wins and Ron Couch three wins. Five of the eight finalists came from Central zone, one from East, one from South East and one from West.
All the games in the first round were well contested with Takarua versus Brosnan and Harrison versus Ale's team (now skipped by Scott Harrison) to play the semi-final's with Takarua and Robertson winning through to the final.
Harrison's team took a slim lead after early exchanges and then eased out a little. Not to be outdone Takarua's team kept their hopes alive keeping close. It looked like Robertson was going to take the Canoe away from holder Takarua but with a two on the penultimate end Takarua took a slim one point lead into the final end. With another two on the final end Takarua held onto the trophy he won last year.
This win is the fourth straight by a Central Zone team.
With Central zone having had five teams in the top eight naturally one or more of them would lose and finish up in the Plate section. Three Central teams were in the plate play offs, the probability of two of them meeting in the final was always on the cards. It was not surprising then when it became an all Central final.
The consolation was played over four games of 1hr 20mins and was also a tightly contested event.
Winners: - Aiden Takarua(s), Mamae Turua, Ben Hilless, Scott Jolly - Central
Runners up: - Grant Robertson (s), Peter Blick, R Johnson, Mark Posa - East
3rd place: - Jeremy Brosnan(s), Willy Lee, Allan Williamson, Matt Sanford - West
4th place: - Scott Morrison(s), Albert Ale, Andrew Pio, Jim McGowan - Central
Winners: - Utu Vave(s), David Beresford, Peni Panapa, Jeremy Reynolds - Central
Runners up: - Ron Couch(s), Roger Gardiner, Peter Hutt, Angus Ogilvie - Central
3rd place: - John Almond's team - South East
4th place Gary Cotter (s), Mark Compton, Padric Matich, Nick James - Central
Winners: - R Shepherd(s), Sa, Albee Ahmu, Lee - West
Runners up: - David Bell(s), Kevin Beasley, Kua Utonga, Dean Edge - East
3rd place: - Dave Maka(s), Craig Harold, Jerry Belcher, David Payne - North West
4th place: - Mick Morris(s), Steve Gaughan, Sean Mullholand, Chris Clausen - North West
The Auckland Bowling Coaches Association and players thank the coaches for giving their time and expertise over the duration of the coaching sessions. Also everyone extends their thanks to the Bridge Park Bowling Club for the use of their facilities and for the hot food made available for lunches. The biggest thank you must go to Taffy Davies who as always runs the tournament with such ease.