Mid Canterbury Women Prove too Strong for Coast Open Fours

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The Ashburton/Allenton side of Dianne Gutberlet, Wendy Watson, Shirley Doig and Sandra Holdom took out the prized Jubilee Trophy at the West Coast Women’s Open Fours, comfortably defeating Pip Holmwood’s side in a thrilling conclusion to the event.

Now in its 73rd year, the annual tournament has proven a drawcard for many formidable teams looking to show their wares in a hard fought competition with plenty of Coast hospitality thrown in and rave reviews all round.

This year’s event saw 45 teams take to the greens, with the aim of qualifying for the Top 16 and vying 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.

In the final, Gutberlet’s four proved in a class of their own, consistently outplaying Holmwood’s West Coast/Buller composite, with Brenda Young, Moira Tikey and Michelle Matheson seemingly unable to temper the form of the Mid Canterbury representatives.

Leading 10-4 after seven ends and further stretching the score to 16-8 after 12, a two-shot collect on the 14th end was never going to be enough for Holmwood’s side to close the gap, conceding defeat with one end to play and gifting the win to Gutberlet and Co.

Meanwhile, the Canterbury composite combination of Marg Gray, Jan Harmon, Myra Diver and skip Valmai Hantz claimed the Alma Fraser Trophy, winning the plate competition over the RSA Alexandra four of Reay Allen, Theresa Gallagher, Ann Rayner and Cathy Richards – pushing aside a slow start to romp home 17-7 after 11 ends.

In other results, Lynne Brown’s side comprising Margaret Jacobs, Dianne Calvert and Debbie Salt proved too strong in the Consolation One event, accounting for the Canterbury composite representation of former New Zealand representative Jan Shirley, Nicky Reed, Tania Woodham and Nikki Henderson.

The second consolation event saw the Canterbury mix of Heather Patterson and Co defeat local hope Madeline McGee and her composite trio of Mary Keating, Peg McGee and Mary Ellis, rounding out the results for the week and bringing the curtain down on another successful year for the West Coast Opens.

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


                                                                                                                                                 -Sam Morton

Results at a Glance
73rd West Coast Open Women’s Fours, West Coast

Champions: Dianne Gutberlet, Wendy Watson, Shirley Doig, Sandra Holdom (Ashburton/Allenton)

Winners: Valmai Hantz, Margaret Gray, Jan Harmon, Myra Driver (Canterbury/Ellesmere/Malvern Composite)

Consolation One
Lynne Brown, Margaret Jacobs, Dianne Calvert and Debbie Salt ( Canterbury/West Coast Composite)

Consolation Two
H.Patterson, J Harper, W Clucas, D Callaghan (Canterbury Composite)