Commentary on the Weekend Rep Fixture in Northland – Lindsay Knight
Thanks to a superb effort from singles player Bart Robertson, North Harbour had a narrow win in the premier one division of the men’s representative quadrangular tournament at Mangawhai on Sunday.
There was a three-way tie when Harbour, Auckland and Northland all finished with 15 points. But the crucial difference came with Robertson’s performance in the singles.
He won all three games by big margins and with the pair and the Randall Watkins-skipped four winning a game each that was enough to give Harbour the win on differential.
Though the men’s premier two four of John Hindmarch, Errol Koroi, Peter Nathan and Duane McDonald won all three of their games, disappointing results in the other disciplines meant this side finished third in this division behind Northland and Auckland.
That gave Northland the overall win.
A stunning last bowl by the Far North skip denied Harbour’s premier one team a win in the quadrangular women’s tournament also played on Sunday at Waipu.
With Harbour holding the win the Far North bowl dragged the jack to her back bowls and so left Harbour in a tie with 15 points with Auckland.
The four of Ruth Lynch, Deb Presland, Trish Croot and Elaine McClintock were thus left somewhat unluckily with just one win from their three games. Singles player Selina Smith won two of her games as did the pair of Laura Mills and Lisa Parlane.
The women’s premier two team finished second behind Auckland, with Theresa Rogers winning two of her singles games and the four of Elizabeth Ring, Robyne Walker, Kerin Roberts and Connie Mathieson also won two games.