Eastern Zone Wins ABCA Cup

29 Aug 2016

The final act of the Auckland Bowling Coaches Association 2016 winter training programme was held at the Howick bowling club who hosted the ABCA cup tournament on August 27th. With 36 teams of mixed fours vying for top honours completion was always going to be intense.

The day started with the skips drawing a blind card to allocate their teams green and rink numbers. It was hardly surprising that some teams played their fellow zone team or teams during the course of the day. There were plenty of really good bowls played over the day with most games being extremely close scoring events. The only thing chilly on the day was the biting wind, but most of the players didn't seem to notice this.

After three rounds of play there were six teams each with three wins, the ABCA cup could have been won by any one of these teams. At the end of the last round three of these teams had lost, one had a draw game and the other two had wins. Teams from fourth to twelfth place all had three wins. Eastern zone were prominent in the teams filling the top six places.

The Coaches association thanks Howick bowling club for the use of their greens and club rooms for this event. The Howick volunteers did a stellar job with their hospitality and endless hot drinks being available. Thanks must go to Taffy for his smooth running of the day as tournament manager and to the umpires on each green.

Winners: - Jan Harrison's team - Eastern
Runners up: - Grant Robertson's team - Eastern
Third place: - Mamae Turua's team - Central
Fourth place: - Wally Mearn's team - Eastern
Fifth place: - Danny Belshams's team - South Eastern
Sixth place: - Judy Rail's team - West

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