13 Feb 2018
Chris Le Lievre justified his pre-tournament favouritism as he won through to the Quarterfinals of The Trusts Men's Singles. With the tournament yet again delayed by persistent rain through the day, all play was moved to the covered green at New Lynn Bowling Club. This meant a long day for the players and officials but ensured that the tournament schedule remains in tact.
Le Lievre will face local hope and 2012 champion Graham Growcott (Blockhouse Bay) in Friday's quarterfinal. Le Lievre was pushed hardest in his first game of the day against Ray Martin (Victoria), eventually prevailing 21-18. Growcott meanwhile has two good wins against Andy Ellis and Luka Mataora to reach the last 16 against Richie Muir (Wanaka). In a close match Growcott prevailed 21-15 against the Central Otago player.
Roger Andrew (Manurewa Cosmopolitan) ended the run of Te Atatu Peninsula's Peter Blucher 21-5 in the round of 16. He will play Garry Cotter (Royal Oak) in the second quarterfinal.
On the bottom half of the draw Les Brown (Howick) took out one of the pre-tournament favourites Petar Sain 21-18 in his first game. Brown then ended the hopes of Brody Dix (Otahuhu Railway) 21-18 to reach the quarterfinals. He will play Graham Skellern (Carlton Cornwall). Skellern ending the run of club mate Rob Ashton 21-8.
Neville Hill (Onehunga and Districts) turned back the clock with an excellent day of bowls. He will take on Chad Grant in the last of the quartefinals. Grant originally from the Bay of Plenty and now playing for Club Grandviews in Sydney, beat Adam Haywood (Browns Bay), Mike Bradshaw (Onehunga and Districts) and Bridge Park's Teo Turua to take his spot in the last eight.
With the Men safely under the cover at New Lynn, The Trusts Women's Singles was transferred to the indoor green at Pukekohe in order to complete the two scheduled rounds. With play not getting underway until around 3.30pm the women have played into the evening.
Marilyn McLeod remains in the hunt for her third NZ Open singles title easing into the quarterfinals with a 21-8 win over Sue Curran (St Heliers). Earlier she beat her pairs partner Elaine McClintock 21-11. McLeod will play Jenny Welch (Tauranga South) on Friday. Welch was too good for 3rd year player Chelsea Farley in the last 16 by a score of 21-4.
Karen Hema (Carlton Cornwall) will play Lindsay Nicholls (Coromandel) in the last eight. Nicholls a losing semi-finalist in 2017 has again had an impressive tournament with wins over Chris Budge (Kensington) and Sheila Putu (St Heliers). Hema was too good for club mate Helen Blick in the early round before easing past Jeny Stockford (Pt Chevalier) 21-4.
Aggie Motu (Onehunga and Districts) has had a good season in the singles arena making the final of the Auckland Singles and now through to the quarterfinals at the NZ Open. Motu knocked out two Papakura players Raewyn Rennall and Adrienne Tilyard to make the last eight. Her opponent will be Sharlene Leaf (Opononi).
The last of the quarterfinals sees Leanne Poulson (Papakura) come up against Rosary Sellick (Pt Chevalier).
The Trusts Singles now takes a break until Friday. On Wednesday we continue with the Ryman Healthcare Pairs and the Disabled Pairs Qualifying gets underway. On Thursday we have the Hunter Bowls Triples. All play - weather permitting - will be at Blockhouse Bay Bowls.
Full results can be found HERE.