First semi-finalists found at Summerset Nationals


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Jo Edwards (right) shakes hands with Wanganui’s Dianne Patterson after their women’s singles quarter-final at Papanui Club

Three of the four semi-finalists have been found in the women’s singles at the Summerset Nationals in Canterbury, with Jo Edwards (United) the only past winner still standing.

The two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist is through to the final four after comfortably overcoming Dianne Patterson (Wanganui) 21-9 in the first of the quarter-finals at Papanui Club, having earlier emerged with a hard-fought 21-18 win over fellow Wanganui player Lesley Bourke in the round of 32.

Edwards, the 2011 and 2018 national singles champion, now awaits the winner of the final last eight match-up between Serena Matthews (Southbridge) and Jenny Stockford (Pt Chevalier).

Matthews accounted for 2017 winner Selina Goddard (Takapuna) 21-14 in the round of 32 before running away with a 21-4 win over Jenny Anderson (Woodend), who had recorded upset 21-19 wins over defending champion Debbie White (Hinuera) and 2015 winner Leigh Griffin earlier in the day.

Also at Burnside, Stockford got the better of Canadian international Kelly McKerihen (Clayton, Aus) 21-16 in the last 16, having beaten Bowls3Five rival Ashleigh Jeffcoat 21-12 in the first knockout round.

Blackjacks Katelyn Inch (Broadbeach, Aus) and Wendy Jensen (Takapuna) will meet in the other semi-final in the women’s singles after emerging from post-section play at Bowls Papanui.

Inch edged national team-mate Tayla Bruce (Burnside) 21-19 in the quarters, while Jensen beat another New Zealand international Kirsten Edwards (Stoke) 21-15 and Dale Rayner (Johnsonville) 21-16 on her way to the last four.

Four of the quarter-finalists have been confirmed in the men’s pairs, after a number of fancied combinations fell by the wayside.

2018 champions Ali Forsyth and Gary Lawson were upset in the first round of post-section play, exiting along with their Blackjacks team-mate Chris Le Lievre, a champion in 2011, and 2015 winners Rob Ashton and Peter Sain (Carlton Cornwall).

Mike Kernaghan, champion in 2007, has had no such problems, advancing to the quarters with Scotland’s Ryan Burnett, who is also through to the last eight of the singles.

They will face Nathan Glasson and defending champion Jordan King for a place in the semi-finals after they too swept through their post-section matches at Burnside.

Raymond Martin and Robert Bennett will square-off against Mike Carroll and Finbar McGuigan (Stokes Valley) in the other quarter-final in the top half of the draw after they both emerged from their knock-out matches at Papanui Club.

A further eight combinations remain in the bottom half of the draw, including Blackjack Andrew Kelly, who’s playing with Richard Hocking, and national squad members Taylor Horn and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley.

Post-section play continues tomorrow (Tuesday, January 7) at Papanui Club, with knock-out matches in the men’s and women’s singles and women’s and women’s pairs, while qualifying begins in the disabled singles.

The Summerset National Singles and Pairs have been held across 17 clubs in Canterbury, with the finals to be played at Papanui Club on Wednesday (January 8).