Quadrangular Round Up by Lindsay Knight
Bowls North Harbour’s representative teams mainly struggled when the quadrangular inter-tournaments were held at Browns Bay, Mairangi Bay and Sunnybrae clubs on Sunday.
Auckland and Bay of Plenty were dominant in both men’s and women’s events, with Auckland winning the women’s premier one competition as well as the men’s premier two. Bay of Plenty won the women’s premier two and the men’s premier one.
Harbour finished third ahead of Northland in the women’s premier one and third in the women’s premier two just behind Auckland on differential. In the men’s premier one Harbour finished third and in premier two was bottom of the four teams.
In the one-to-five representative quadrangular North Harbour did well in the men’s to finish second behind Auckland, heading off Bay of Plenty and Northland, while the women’s team did well, considering it contains many newcomers, to finish a close third behind Northland and Auckland.
Coach-manager Gary Stevens said both the men’s teams had paid for having had disappointing second round results. “That’s what killed us,” he said. He pointed out the tournament was seen as a preparation for other events later in the seasons and different combinations were being tried.
Women’s coach-manager Graham Dorreen was reasonably happy with his side’s performances as a number of new players were getting a chance because of the absence of many top players for various reasons. Missing were Selena Goddard, Lisa Parlane, Elaine McClintock and Anne Dorreen.
There were some encouraging efforts, with a pairs combination of Connie Mathieson and Elizabeth Ring winning all three of its matches.