Paris Baker takes out Women’s Premier Open Singles

Bowls North Harbour Representative & Glenfield Club Member Paris Baker won the Auckland Bowls Women’s Premier Open Singles yesterday. Paris (a junior bowler) is in the NZ Development squad to play in Australia in November. It was also great to have 3 representatives in the top 16, Paris, Elaine McClintock & Adele Ineson.


A great Final!! Natarsha Grimshaw (Papakura) was first to put numbers on the board, but Paris Baker (Glenfield) followed up quickly. In the 9th end it was all tied up 6-6. From here Baker charged out into the lead with Grimshaw playing some outstanding bowls to let Baker know she was still in the game. In the 15th end Grimshaw picked a 4 to be within 1 point of Baker 11-12 and again in the 22nd end Grimshaw played a great end to pick up another 4 to again be within 1 point of Baker 17-18. But Baker just kept consistently playing great bowls and never lost her cool to win the Women’s Premier Open Singles Champion Title 21-17. 


Paris Baker (Glenfield) had a great game against Sheila Putu (St Heliers). The game went Bakers way with Putu struggling to win ends only managing to pick up 3 from 13.. Baker won her spot into the Women’s Premier Open Singles 21-7.

The Semi Final between Natarsha Grimshaw (Papakura) and Selina Goddard (Carlton Cornwall) saw some excellent bowls being played and was a game that could have gone either way. Grimshaw was first up on the board with a 4 then a 1 but then Goddard dominated the next 5 ends bringing the score to 6-5 to Goddard in the 7th end. Goddard didn’t mange to score between the 12th and 15th ends bringing the score to 14-9 to Grimshaw. Now it was Grimshaw’s turn to lose the next 4 ends giving the lead back to Goddard 16-14 in the 19th end. Grimshaw evened the game up in the 20th end, Goddard only managing to pick up one more point in the next 5 ends making the final score 21-17 to Grimshaw and giving her the spot through to the Women’s Premier Open Singles for 2017-2018. 


Selina Goddard (Carlton Cornwall) vs Ling Qu (St Heliers); Leeane Poulson (Pukekohe) vs Natarsha Grimshaw (Papakura); Paris Baker (Glenfield) vs Maree Attwood (Kensington); Elaine McClintock (Browns Bay) vs Sheila Putu (St Heliers)

Paris Baker (Glenfield) had a great game against Maree Attwood (Kensington). Attwood started her game dominantly and was 6-0 up in the 6th end this is when Baker found her game and won the next 4 ends convincingly giving her an 11-6 lead in the the 10th end. Attwood just couldn’t match her winning ends with Bakers who was picking up 3’s, which gave her a 21-11 win over Attwood to take her through to the WPOS Semi Final.

Natarsha Grimshaw (Papakura) played Leeane Poulson (Pukekohe) and had another strong win. Grimshaw has been a tough competitor today and came out firing in her second game of the day, Poulson only managing to win 3 ends. Grimshaw going through to the Semi Final with a 21-5 win.  

Sheila Putu (St Heliers) who is still a junior bowler had an excellent game against Elaine McClintock (Browns Bay). Putu came out charging and held the lead right up to the 17th end when McClintock evened up the game 16-16. Putu did well to hold strong after such a great recovery from McClintock to continue to win ends and take the game 21-19.

Selina Goddard (Carlton Cornwall) continues to play consistently well winning her quarter final game against Ling Qu (St Heliers) another talented junior who has had an excellent tournament. This was a very close game but Goddard led the majority of the way with Qu never far behind. In the 13th end it was all tied up 9-9 from here Qu just couldn’t quite close the gap the game going to Goddard 18-16.

The top 16 blind draw is as below:

Selina Goddard vs Lauren Mills, Jill Fraser vs Ling Qu, Helen Blick vs Leeane Poulson, Natarsha Grimshaw vs Estelle Hickey, Paris Baker vs Adele Ineson, Chelsea Farley vs Maree Attwood, Elaine McClintock vs Maori Pereeti, Sheila Putu vs Titia Ryder.

Selina Goddard bt Lauren Mills 21-18; Ling Q bt Jill Fraser 21-12; Leeane Poulson bt Helen Blick 21-17; Natarsha Grimshaw bt Estelle Hickey 21-4; Paris Baker bt Adele Ineson 19-18; Maree Attwood bt Chelsea Farley 21-17; Elaine McClintock bt Maori Pereeti 21-15; Sheila Putu bt Titia Ryder 16-15