As the dust settles on the Bowls3Five battle of the Lower North Island, Manawatu’s Takaro club have come out on top, defeating a star studded Victoria side, 2-0.
Prior to their match up, both Takaro and Victoria, like all the remaining centres, had won through their local competition – with Takaro also having negotiated the Paraparaumu Beach hopefuls in the last 32, defeating the Kapiti Coast champions in straight sets last month.
Following a win in the Wellington competition, Victoria found themselves awaiting the winner of Takaro vs Paraparaumu Beach, with a direct path through to the last 16.
Generously hosted by the Paraparaumu Beach club, the Takaro side proved too strong for the Victoria contingent, closing out two fixtures in straight sets and looking highly likely to finish with a clean sweep across the green – albeit the third match abandoned before the full conclusion.
Spearheaded by former world champion and national coach Sharon Sims and backed up ably by long serving Manawatu representatives in Pat Horgan and Dean Gilshnan, the Takaro side are now gearing up to mount a strong challenge later this month opposite Blenheim.
Joining Sims, Horgan and Gilshnan will be Graham Cooley, Dave Adams, Margaret Hefferen, Steve Toms, Doug Winters and Marilyn Scones, rounding out a powerhouse line-up heading into the last eight.
Waiting for the Takaro stars will be the Upper South Island champions Blenheim, who earlier this season defeated Stoke to book their spot in the quarter-finals.
Takaro club selector Wally Davies said the club was delighted with the teams’ efforts to date, but was hoping to continue their impressive form heading in to the next crucial encounter.
“While we’ve got some top players within our ranks, we’ve also got a few players who haven’t represented anything other than their club, so to do what they have managed to do so far, they are doing very, very well,” he said.
“At the start, we looked around many of our members and acknowledged that they probably all favour the traditional mainstay of the sport and we really weren’t sure how it was going to go. But (to be honest), they’ve all got into it really well.
“I’m a bit of a traditionalist as well, I’ve been around for an awful long time and I do still think there’s a need for the longer format of the game. However, the Bowls3Five on TV has really helped to capture the attention of the audience and the amount of people watching the games at work has really shown the concept to be great value . . . it’s been done bloody well,” Davies said.
Davies was also full of praise for the host clubs who had volunteered their time and resources, pointing out Levin and Paraparaumu Beach both did an exceptional job hosting the respective fixtures as the tournament progressed.
National Bowls3Five Interclub Competition – Last 16 – Takaro (Manawatu) vs Victoria (Wellington)
Takaro d Victoria: 2-0
Takaro team lineup
Pat Horgan, Dave Adams, Margaret Hefferen
Sharon Sims, Steve Toms, Doug Winters
Graham Cooley, Dean Gilshnan, Marilyn Scones