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Auckland 2017 Junior InterClub Champions!

posted Mar 22, 2017, 6:34 PM by Balmoral Bowls   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 7:28 PM ]
Balmoral again fielded 2 teams in the the Auckland Centre 2017 Junior Interclub Championships.

   Balmoral Gold  Balmoral Maroon
 Singles  Scott Harrison  Chris Watkin
 Pairs Artem Chesnokov & Richard Seifert  Paul Jerrom & Graham Farley
 Triples  Odie Walter, Allan Moyle & Tessa Farley  Chelsea Farley, Ian Hughes & Linda Farley

The Balmoral Gold team drew home green advantage  and were able to close  out the section play on Saturday with eight wins from nine and a very healthy points differential.
The Balmoral Maroon team ventured to  St Heliers for their section play  and picked up 3 wins and draw but did not progress to Finals day on Sunday . 

Balmoral Gold  drew the early quarter-final game on Sunday against the winning team from the St Heliers section, Blockhouse Bay Blue.  Scott  quickly got on top in his singles game, with both the Pairs and  the Triples matches being very close.  However the Balmoral team got up to win in the Triples  which drew the concession from Blockhouse Bay in the Pairs.
The semi-final against Pringle Park  was similar,  with Scott again leading out  and finishing his match quickly giving Balmoral the early advantage.  Again the Pairs and Triples were drawn into tight, hard fought matches.  The Triples team wobbled a bit  mid game but managed to pull ahead  in the critical  last ends to win and secure a spot in the final in advance of the Pairs match finishing up.

The Final opponents were Onehunga Districts,   who had against most predictions won out over the home club, Pt Chevalier in the other semi final.  In the final Balmoral took early leads in all three disciplines and were not headed off as the games played out  to give Balmoral the the 2017 Junior Interclub title.

 2017 Junior Interclub Champions for L to R: Artem Chesnokov, Scott Harrison, Odie Walter, Allan Moyle, Tessa Farley, Steve Kirwan (Manager) & Richard Seifert

A great effort by all those involved including our Maroon teammates who kept up the pressure and banter in practices in the lead  to the weekend  and it's excellent marker for the club,  which has been growing and developing its Junior ranks.

Thanks to those who came and supported   and of course huge  from all the players to the support and guidance of Steve Kirwan and Terry Barrett as Managers for the teams over the weekend.