Some of the country’s best up and coming bowlers are gathering in Lower Hutt this weekend (August 1-2) for the Bowls3Five Interclub cup.
To be played alongside the open Bowls3Five Interclub finals at the Naenae Bowling Club, the cup competition is for players with one to five years of experience.
Papakura (Counties-Manukau), West End (Taranaki), Stokes Valley (Wellington) and Halswell (Canterbury) have won through to the final four and will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top two clubs to square-off for the inaugural title.
Unlike the open competition, which features three triples from each club, all four sides will field just one triple in the junior event.
Adam Baillie, Leeane Poulson and Lee Warburton beat all comers in the upper North Island to secure Papakura a place at Naenae.
Having emerged as the best junior triple in Counties-Manukau, they then beat Pt Chevalier (Auckland) in the round of 16 of the national competition, before overcoming Helensville (North Harbour) in the quarter-finals.
Poulson will be expected to lead the way for Papakura, having already made a name for herself on the national scene by becoming a part of the New Zealand development side.
West End beat Waikato champions Te Kuiti in the quarter-finals, having beaten Wanganui East in the round of 16.
Bruce Colgan, Steve Sabine and Steve Temperton will represent the Taranaki champs.
The Briens, Cherie, John and Stephen, are sure to have the local support, with Stokes Valley Bowling Club less than 10 kilometres up State Highway 2.
The Wellington champions beat Paraparaumu Beach (Kapiti Coast) in the round of 16 and then overcame Stoke (Nelson) in the quarter-finals.
Halswell have had the most straightforward road to the final four.
After winning the Canterbury title, Paul Avis, Bernie Blackmun and Sonya Butler were straight into the quarter-finals of the national competition, where they beat Dunedin champions Fairfield.
The opening round of the Interclub Cup final four will get underway at 3pm on Saturday, with the second round to follow at 4:45pm.
The third and final round will be played at 9am on Sunday before the final at 12:30pm.
The Bowls3Five interclub finals will be broadcast on Sky Sport 9 and there will be updates of the Interclub cup throughout the coverage, as well as full coverage of the Interclub cup final.