Daryl Read for inter-island clash

   The meteoric rise of Daryl Read in the past 12 months has continued with his selection for the resurrected inter-island clash which will be staged at Howick club on March 21.

  Read, who first emerged in the North Harbour centre last season by causing upsets in the men’s singles championship against the likes of David Eades, has been chosen as two in the men’s four.

 His centre singles wins last season won him a call-up for the Harbour one-to-eight year representative side and his quality performances have continued into the 2018-19 season.

 At the recent nationals in Auckland he went deep into the post-section of the singles and pairs, beating in the qualifying singles section the world champion and long standing Black Jack Shannon McIlroy.

 He did well at the centre singles championship again last month and earlier this month he was in a Takapuna club four which made the last 16 in the national fours in Wellington.

  With skip Graham Skellern, two Brett O’Riley and lead Bevan Smith, they was only eliminated on an extra end against the eventual runner-up, a combination skipped by the great Dunedin bowler Michael Kernaghan.

 North Harbour chairman and centre selector Graham Dorreen says that in Wellington Read was signalled out for his performances by some of the game’s best judges. Hence, his call-up for the inter-island clash.

 As well as Takapuna Read is a member of the Belmont Park, which the 24-year old Taranaki product, who first excelled in secondary school Kittyhawks tournaments, joined when he came north to become a Navy serviceman. There is additional North Harbour influence in the inter-island fixture. High performance coaches Dorreen and Gayle Melrose, who in 2012 won a national fours title while with Birkenhead, will be in charge of the North women’s and men’s teams respectively.

   And along with Read former Black Jack, Tony Grantham, will be lead in the men’s four and two other centre representatives, Selina Goddard and Wendy Jensen, will be in the North women’s teams.

 Though some of the country’s leading bowlers like Ali Forsyth, Jo Edwards and Val Smith have been unavailable, many outstanding bowlers will be in the two island teams. The South men’s team, for example, will contain such bowls legends as Kernaghan, McIlroy and Gary Lawson.