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Juniors to the fore in Auckland Pairs Champs

posted Nov 17, 2015, 3:22 PM by Allan Moyle   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 3:24 PM by Balmoral Bowls ]
Balmoral had 2 teams enter into this seasons Auckland Pairs Championships where both had excellent runs well in to the post section rounds.  Both teams were made up of Yr 1-5 juniors making their efforts even more creditable against experienced pairings. 

The Scott Harrison (s)/ Artem Chesnokov pairing qualified out of the Hillsborough hosted section, who despite being well down in their opening match before coming back with 1 point win, then going on to head the section with maximum points.
  
The second pairing of Odie Walter (s) & Allan Moyle were appearing in their first ever Auckland Championship event and played their section at Carlton Cornwall.   In what was to be their style for the weekend they were down early in both their first 2 matches before coming back to win them and similarly qualified with maximum points in their section.

Sunday at event HQ at Hillsborough saw the Harrison pairing straight into the round of 16,  while the Walter pairing were matched up against the experienced St Heliers pair skipped by Peter Puschmann in the round of 32.
A nervous start saw the St Heliers pair out to an early 13-2 lead.  The Balmoral pair finally settled  & with 10 points in 3 ends in the middle stages closed the game up and hung in there to actually take a 2 point lead heading to the final end where they manged to only give way a single to win 19-18.

The vagaries of the draw saw both Balmoral teams drawn to play each in the Round of 16.  This time the Walter skipped pair started better and held a 6-0 lead before the Harrison pairing came back and led 14-8  after 11 ends.  The game closed up a little but turning into the 18th end the Harrison pair still held a 5 point lead.  Despite some good bowling the Walter pair couldn't find a way to make the 5,  making only 3 to lose the match 21-19. 

The Harrison pairing then went to meet one of the more experienced pairings in Auckland bowls, Wally Marsic  and Tony Garelja in the Quarter finals but found their accuracy and relentless pressure to much to  stay with and were beaten by a bit more than the recorded score.


Regardless it was an outstanding effort by all players and adding further experience to the club and its competitive future in the Auckland  bowls landscape.  Additionally all players appreciated the excellent support from club member's that came to watch across the two days.