Stoke quartet shine at West Coast Women’s Fours

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The Stoke Bowling Club are certainly no strangers to success, home to the reigning world singles men’s champion, current holders of the Bowls3Five national silverware and collectively hold countless national titles and interclub trophies – and now they can add the prized West Coast Women’s Open Fours Jubilee Trophy to the cabinet, for good measure.

Club representatives Lesley Morris, Mary Orbell, Allison Edwards and Sandy Waaka emerged victorious on the Coast for the Nelson based club, defeating Woodend’s Sandi McEwan, Jenny Anderson, Audrey Taylor and Maureen Marui in the grand final on the Karoro green.

The annual event, now in its 74th year and officially endorsed on the Bowls New Zealand Summer of Bowls programme, attracted 40 teams to the greens, with plenty of players making the trip over to enjoy the famous West Coast hospitality.

Day one saw the teams go out with the sole aim of qualifying for the Top 16, keeping their hopes alive for a share of the sizeable $6500 prize pool up for grabs.

Following two days of qualifying and two rounds of post section, the finalists were found – with those not qualifying also having the opportunity to compete for the Plate and Consolation tiers.

2020 West Coast Women’s Open Fours champions, joined by tournament sponsor.

Qualifiers for the main event included (skips names only); A Hebbard, M Foster, M McGee, C Wadsworth, J Robins, J Cowman, S McEwan, P Smith, D Cappell, C Lalor, L Morris, R Hurley, B McGregor, P Stevens, J McFarlane and R Bennett.

Beaten semi-finalists were the composite sides of Foster and Bennett.

Meanwhile, the Wanaka four of Hebbard, Mary Young, Val Ransom and Yvonne Cale took out the Plate competition, defeating Rhonda Hurley’s composite of Katherine Mitchell, Madelaine Wilson and Pauline Hope in the final.

In other results, McGee’s side were presented the McMillan Cup, awarded to the West Coast team to progress the furthest throughout the competition.

Tournament convenor Owen Matheson said the tournament was played in great spirit, with the vast majority of teams pledging to return next year.

“We’ve had a great couple of weeks and a great tournament, with good weather,” Matheson said.

“The live draw for the final round at the Union Hotel attracted more than 100 of the 160 entrants, so it was a good time had there . . . a lot of laughs and smiles all round.”

The West Coast Open, both men and women’s events, will return next year, as organisers look to continue building the momentum of what is always a memorable week away for hundreds of bowlers every year.

Results at a Glance
2020 West Coast Women’s Open Fours, Greymouth

Main Event:
Champions: Lesley Morris, Mary Orbell, Allison Edwards, Sandy Waaka (Stoke)
R/Up: Sandi McEwan, Jenny Anderson, Audrey Taylor, Maureen Marui (Woodend)
3rd equal: R.Bennett (composite)
3rd equal: M Foster (composite)

Plate Event:
Winner: Allison Hebbard, Mary Young, Val Ransom, Yvonne Cale (Wanaka)
R/up: Rhonda Hurley, Katherine Mitchell, Madelaine Wilson, Pauline Hope (composite)

Consolation One (skips name only):
P Hayden (Lincoln)

Consolation Two (skips name only):
W Suttie (Methven)

McMillan Cup (Best performed West Coast side):
M McGee, Peg McGee, Mary Keating, Yvonne Fitzgerald (Karoro)

by Sam Morton