The Mt Maunganui Club side of Phill Morgan, Alan Jones, John Simons and Reg Archer staged a successful defence of the Moase Cup, once again taking out top honour at the coveted Clubs New Zealand National Men’s Outdoor Bowls Tournament.
Now in its 47th year, the tournament has been a significant draw card on the Clubs New Zealand calendar for decades, attracting a good blend of well known campaigners and lesser known provincial players, in a bid to be recognised as both the best performed Chartered Club side and enjoy national honours.
Endorsed as part of the Bowls New Zealand Summer of Bowls programme, players converged at the host complex of the Petone Working Men’s Club – a popular venue during the event downtime.
Held in pleasant conditions throughout, more than 115 combinations took to the greens with play rolling out at Eastbourne, Hutt, Massey Avenue, Naenae, Petone Central, Silverstream, Stokes Valley, Upper Hutt & Wainuiomata greens respectively, with Petone Central named as event headquarters.
The first three days of the competition saw teams contest eight rounds of section play, with teams required to tally up six wins or top their section to qualify and advance to the Main Event (Moase Cup).
At the completion of qualifying, 29 teams had done enough to keep their hopes alive, with the non-qualifiers given a second opportunity to contest the Kelly Plate – of which 72 sides chose to.
After several rounds of post-section, the Moase Cup semi-finalists were found, with Morgan’s side joining Naenae hopefuls Sar Alefesio, Nigel Musgrave, Chad Morehu and Larry Williams as the final two teams left standing.
As proved the case last season, Morgan’s side were too clinical on the day, comfortably romping their way to back to back wins, lifting the Moase Cup courtesy of an untroubled 21-9 victory.
Meanwhile, the post-section consolation event, (comprising first round losers from the Moase Cup), proved hotly contested with home club favourites John Forde, Bill Jackson, Peter Small and Russell Dive taking out the spoils, defeating Howick’s Trefor Jones, Leon Wenzlick, Neil Rennie and Mike Nasey, 23-11 and claiming the Jim Dempsey Trophy, along with a welcome $800 for their efforts.
In other results, the Kelly Plate comprised five sections with the winner of the section advancing to post-section play. Left standing after four section play rounds (skips name only); K Clark (South Taranaki), J Munro (Otematata), D Bennett (South Wairarapa), M Wood (Club Vista) and G Watson (Porirua).
In a thrilling finish to the competition, Wood and Co (Paul Freeman, Ian Little and Richard Graham) edged home by a solitary point, defeating the Clark quartet, 9-8.
The 2021 Clubs New Zealand National Men’s Outdoor tournament will return again next season, hosted by the Papanui Club in Christchurch.
Results at a Glance
2020 Chartered Clubs New Zealand National Men’s Outdoor Fours, Petone
Moase Cup (Main Event)
Champions: Phill Morgan, Alan Jones, John Simons and Reg Archer (Mt Maunganui)
R/Up: Sar Alefosio, Nigel Musgrave, Chad Morehu, Larry Williams (Naenae)
Jim Dempsey Trophy (Post-section consolation)
Winners: John Forde, Bill Jackson, Peter Small, Russell Dive (Petone WMC)
R/Up: Trefor Jones, Leon Wenzlick, Neil Rennie, Mike Nasey (Howick)
Kelly Plate (Plate)
Murray Wood, Paul Freeman, Ian Little, Richard Graham (Club Vista Paraparaumu)
by Sam Morton