Taieri’s Jan Barclay, Beth Brown, Lorraine Turnbull and Dale Bourke have emerged inaugural winners at the National Champion of Champion Women’s Fours in Hamilton, edging a single shot thriller, 10-9.
The competition, hosted at the Frankton Railway Bowling Club, saw the country’s best provincial sides of 2019 take to the indoor complex, vying for national honours among a star-studded field.
At the completion of section play, the top eight teams were found, comprising the top two from each section, along with the two next best performed sides.
Barclay’s side proved impressive in the knockout rounds, dispatching Far North hopefuls Jean Huxtable (Joanne Milich, Razia Wrigley, Jill Phillips) 13-9, before going on to round out a commanding path to the final with a 19-2 drubbing opposite Thames Valley representative Val Mathews and Co. (Patsy Robinson, Chrissy Peers, Doreen Garlick).
The other side of the draw saw the Carlton Cornwall favourites of Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Selina Goddard, Rebecca Jelley and Kimberley Hemingway suffer their first loss of the competition, narrowly dropping their quarter-final match-up 13-10 to Wanganui’s Dianne Patterson (Lesley Bourke, Eleni Meimaris, Karen Hunt), while Hinuera’s Margaret Reed accounted for Featherstone’s Tanya Wheeler (Gail Hemi, Mary-Anne Ashworth, Janalle Frew), 15-11.
Taking their form into the semi-final, Reed’s side of Lynda Bennett, Sue Crackett and Jenny Welch romped to a final’s berth opposite the Dunedin quartet, dispatching Patterson’s four, 21-9.
The final saw a hard fought encounter play out between both sides, with the scores locked at 6-a piece after 10 ends and then again at 9-9 heading into the final end.
A single collect for Barclay on the final end saw the trophy heading south, rounding out a fiercely contested weekend in the Waikato.
Other beaten-quarter finalists included United’s Barbara McGregor (Dianne Potts, Maureen Gibbons, Lorraine Arnold), who bowed out to Mathews, 15-6.
With national champions now found in the men’s and women’s singles, pairs and women’s fours, all focus switches to next week as the battle to find the men’s fours champion of champions begins in Hastings on Friday.
For coverage as the results come to hand, check out the Bowls New Zealand website and Facebook story blog during the competition.
Results at a Glance
Bowls NZ National Champion of Champions Women’s Fours, Hamilton
Barclay d Reed; 10-9
Barclay d Mathews; 19-2
Reed d Patterson; 21-9
Val Mathews, Patsy Robinson, Chrissy Peers, Doreen Garlick (Thames, Thames Valley) d Barbara McGregor, Dianne Potts, Maureen Gibbons, Lorraine Arnold (United, Nelson); 15-8
Jan Barclay, Beth Brown, Lorraine Turnbull, Dale Bourke (Taieri, Dunedin) d Jean Huxtable, Joanne Milich, Razia Wrigley, Jill Phillips (Far North RSA, Far North); 13-9
Dianne Patterson, Lesley Bourke, Eleni Meimaris, Karen Hunt (Wanganui, Wanganui) d Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Selina Goddard, Rebecca Jelley, Kimberley Hemingway (Carlton Cornwall, Auckland); 13-10
Margaret Reed, Lynda Bennett, Sue Crackett, Jenny Welch (Hinuera, Waikato) d Tanya Wheeler, Gail Hemi, Mary-Anne Ashworth, Janalle Frew (Featherston, Wairarapa); 15-11