The 2021 National Intercentre being hosted by Wellington is in full swing, with tight game, great bowls and amazing weather abounding.
The event is divided into four sections; with the top two qualifying Centres winning their way into the quarter finals, and with it, a chance to hold aloft the National Intercentre as Champions for the 2021 season.
WIth two rounds to go; here’s how the sections are sitting:
2021 Women’s Intercentre
Defending champions Auckland are facing a tough but not insurmountable task tomorrow, sitting in third place behind South Canterbury and Dunedin respectively.
This section has featured a number of close games and it would not be a surprise if any of the Centres currently sitting on four match points are able to rally the troops enough to qualify for the quarter finals, to be played in the afternoon.
Section two is another closely fought affair. Canterbury have their noses in front on six match points, and will be feeling confident that they can qualify for the quarter finals with a top two finish. Nelson is in second place with a fantastic NTOS and may also feel quietly confident of a top two finish and a quarter final berth in the afternoon.
The other Centres in this section aren't to be discounted however, and there's space for most of them to make a late run and take one of those top two spots.
Bay of Plenty have a handy lead in this section, sitting on six match points and a solid NTOS. Two points behind them are Kapiti Coast, and then North Harbour on three match points.
North Harbour were one of the favoured sides going into this event, and aren't out of it yet, but will be looking to dig deep and utilise their experience to grasp onto one of the quarter final berths.
A mighty battle for quarter final berths is underway in this section, with blows being exchanged by Centres left, right and centre.
Wellington, Northland, Counties Manukau and Hawkes Bay will all fancy their chances of having a good day tomorrow and booking their place in the quarter finals.
South Otago and Wanganui could well have the final say here, in who get's through.
2021 Men’s Intercentre
The defending champions, Canterbury, have made a statement by galloping three match points clear of their section to sit on nine match points going into tomorrow.
A strong side, they'll be looking to keep up this form and go deep in search of a successful defense.
Bay of Plenty is sitting in second place on six match points, and they are followed by Wanganui and Counties Manukau on four match points apiece.
There's plenty of room to move in this section, and lots of centres will be heading into tomorrow feeling like they've got a chance of booking a quarter final berth in the afternoon.
This section is an incredible one!
Every Centre has a chance of booking a quarter final berth, with the mighty Wairarapa leading the pack on four match points and five game points, to Nelsons four match points and four game points.
There have been draws galore in this section and tomorrow will be a tension filled day as everyone fights for a place in the quarter final.
Two clear leaders have emerged in this section, Manawatu on ten match points, and Wellington on eight match points.
The next closest Centre is Waikato on four match points and they will be looking for a miracle to find a way to finish in the top two of this section and gain a quarter final berth,
A very strong Auckland team holds a tenuous grip on first place in this section with six match points, closely followed by Southland and West Coast on four match points each. Tomorrow could very well be a topsy turvey day here and the quarter finals are a very real proposition for most of the centres.
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National Intercentre Conditions Of Play 2021
Code of Conduct
All entrants are bound by Section 2 of Bowls New Zealand Code of Conduct.
The National Intercentre is an event at which Sports Betting may be conducted. Entrants and Tournament Officials are prohibited from placing bets and benefiting from bets placed by others. Disciplinary action in terms of Bowls NZ Constitution will be taken against Players and Officials who contravene this law.
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Live streaming will be available from post section play here.