Results – Head to Head v Bay of Plenty – Saturday 14 January 2023
Bowls North Harbour’s representative sides performed impressively across all grades and all disciplines to inflict a decisive defeat on their Bay of plenty counterparts in the away inter-centre contest played at the weekend.
In reversing last season’ s drubbing Harbour won 27 of the matches to the Bay’s nine.
Men’s premier head selector Gary Stevens summed up succinctly the results from Harbour’s viewpoint. ‘’Overall a very successful day,’’ he said.
Harbour made a clean sweep of all divisions: 9-3 in premier men’s, 8-4 in premier women’s, 4-2 in one to five women’s and most notably in one to five men’s 6-0.
Premier men’s singles players, Daymon Pierson and Matt Higginson won both games.
David Payne made significant return and combined well with Brent Malcolm to provide a strong front in the fours for Jerry Belcher and Simon Poppleton. In the other four Lindsay Gilmour and Jason Parker set things up well for Steve Yates and Grant Goodwin.
Stevens described himself as ‘’very happy because of all the new combinations.’’
The women’ premier team was given a boost in the singles by Selina Goddard, still in top form after her exploits at the recent nationals.
Ling Qu made a fine Harbour debut in the premier women’s in the pairs leading for Trish Croot, who played instead of an unavailable Wendy Jensen.
In the premier women’s Harbour met strong opposition from a Bay squad boosted by former Birkenhead and centre legend Ruth Lynch.
The one to five year men’s manager Ian McKenzie was most delighted with the tenacity shown by his players. In four of the games players had to come from behind to win. ‘It was impressive to see their fightback,’ he said.
The women’s one-to-five players showed much the same resolve with a second round recovery after some early disappointments. Singles player Irene Costello in reversing a heavy loss was a good illustration of this.
The men’s one to five squad was Andy Dorrance, Guy Robson, Alan McQuoid, David den Hertog, Willie Tonga, Shaun Goldsbury and Paul Daniels.
The women’s squad was Costello, Gaye Horne, Michele Macdonald, Glenda Rountree, Jeni Hart, Rosemary Nicol, Hanaan Shahwan and Kathy Stevens, the latter pair winning both games.