Former Blackjack back to defend national title

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The recent arrival of her second daughter has been unable to prevent Mandy Boyd from signing up for the Summerset National Fours, which start in Wellington on Friday (March 1).

The former Blackjack will skip a quartet featuring her sister Angela Boyd, best mate Kirsten Edwards and Edwards’ mum Leigh Griffin, little over 10 weeks after baby Isla was born.

Boyd is the defending champion and chasing a fifth national fours title in nine years and didn’t hesitate to enter the tournament.

“I just love playing in the nationals,” she said.

“I think it’s a good chance to play with your good mates so I’m looking forward to playing with Angela, Leigh and Kirsten again.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist has had a couple of games of interclub and played a rep match for Canterbury since her daughter’s arrival.

“So I’ve had a few competitive games, but probably not as much as I’d usually have coming into a nationals.

“It’s been cool to have a bit of time to do other things, other than being a mum…getting out of the house and getting on the bowling green.”

Kirsten Edwards, who’s recently been recalled to the national squad, returns to the quartet that won the title last year, reforming the four that prevailed in 2016.

“I always enjoy playing with Kirsten,” Boyd said.

“We have a good understanding of each other’s games and I think she really brings out the best in me as well, just because she knows me so well.”

Mandy Boyd was disappointed to miss the Summerset National Singles and Pairs in Auckland at the start of the year, having won the women’s pairs titles in 2015 and 2016, but she simply couldn’t miss the fours.

“I just love that discipline.

“I like playing with other people, trying to get the best out of whom I’m playing with.”

Mandy Boyd’s four is in section four to be played at the Island Bay and Silverstream clubs and that’s as far as Boyd’s looked at the draw.

“All I know is that I’m playing on Friday and that I’m going to Silverstream.”

National singles champion Debbie White is skipping a composite four in section one, as is Blackjacks coach Sharon Sims.

Amy McIlroy’s quartet, featuring Selina Goddard, Wendy Jensen and national pairs champion Lisa Prideaux, headline section two, while in section three Bowls3Five rivals Lisa White and Ashleigh Jeffcoat have formed a four, which will also be one to watch.

The Summerset National Fours are being staged across seven clubs (with a further four wet weather alternatives) in the Wellington region, with the finals to take place at the Naenae Bowling Club in Lower Hutt on either Monday (March 4) or Tuesday (March 5) next week.


Brenton Vannisselroy