Summerset National Singles and Pairs -Day Two

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Day two of the Summerset National Singles and Pairs has thrown up few surprises, with all favoured combinations advanced comfortably to post-section in the women’s pairs and the men’s pairs concluded their first qualifying rounds.

Continuing their unbeaten streak, the Blackjack pairing of Jo Edwards and Kirsten Edwards made short work of their fourth win opposite Methven duo Di Callaghan and Lyn Fensom, closing out their qualifying campaign, 19-12 and showing plenty of form as a combination.

Other pairings to comfortably qualify (securing a minimum of four wins from six) into the knockout action include Blackjacks coach and four-time pairs’ winner Sharon Sims and Gayle Melrose, Natasha Russell and Leanne Poulson, defending champions Val Smith and Lisa Prideaux, Sarah Scott and Bronwyn Stevens, Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard, Debbie White and Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Wendy Jensen and Rachel Davies, Clare Hendra and Tayla Bruce, Sandra Keith and Tessa Lee, Canadian international Kelly McKerihen and Jan Shirley, Dale Rayner and Kaaren Guilford, Bev Morel and Sherrie Cottle, Mary Campbell and Beth Brown, Nicole Toomey and Tannith Potgieter and Mandy Boyd and Angela Boyd, naming just a dozen of the 35 qualifiers.

Notable names to miss the cut are St Helier’s duo Catherine Bien and Ling Qu, Jacqueline Broderson and Lauren Mills, Margaret O’Connor and Lynda Milne, Mata Frankum and Shannon McEwan and last year’s semi-finalists Marion Hakaraia and Robyn Reihana – only managing two wins.

Meanwhile, the men’s pairs action saw the first three rounds unfold throughout day two, with many of the fancied pairings showing their wares and putting themselves in the box seat with an unblemished record. These teams included Keanu Darby and Richie Kerr, Kevin Gore and Paul Beecroft, Rob Ashton and Petar Sain, Allan Blackman and Michael Jelley, Kerry Becks and Darren Redway, Rex Carpinter and John Connolly, Mike Carroll and U26 National singles champion Finbar McGuigan, Aiden Takarua and Clayton Hockley, 2017 winners Ali Forsyth and Gary Lawson and Wellington pairing Raymond Martin and Robbie Bennett – the latter accounting for Blackjack representative Chris Le Lievre and lead Isaac Denny in an impressive showing.

Other unbeaten combinations were (skips names only); Stephen Liddington, Doug Paterson, Dennis Levers, Maurice Symes, Peter Doell, Richard Lavis, Seamus Curtin, Ian Broderson, , Joseph Van der Pennen, Paul Newman, Graeme Taggart, Kevin Diggs, Raymond Martin, Louis Cooper, Craig De Faria, Ty Gurr, Teo Turua and local Halswell skip Paul Matheson.

In other results, last year’s singles finalists appear to have bounced back after their disappointing exit in the men’s singles, with Tony Fabling combining with Scott Harrison and Taylor Horn teaming up with Sheldon Bagrie-Howley to remain in strong contention for qualifying.

With only one win under their belt on day one, the combination of former national singles champion Richard Collett and Roger Stevens, Graeme Rees and Bruce Wakefield, Caleb Hope and Daryl Read and Shane Pascoe and Jarrad Forsyth will require a clean sweep of victories tomorrow to keep their tournament hopes alive, while top performing players Dean Elgar, Andrew Kelly, Laurie Guy and last year’s men’s pairs champion lead Jordan King teamed up with Nathan Glasson will need to win two from three starts to progress through to post-section on Monday.

The Summerset National Singles and Pairs continues on day three with the men concluding their pairs play and the women’s singles getting underway at 17 qualifying venues throughout Canterbury.

Post-section in all disciplines is scheduled to commence on Sunday.

For the full results, go to the Summerset National Singles and Pairs hub,