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Year 1 - 5 Auckland Bowls Events round up

posted May 22, 2016, 3:29 PM by Allan Moyle   [ updated May 22, 2016, 3:43 PM by Balmoral Bowls ]
Following on from the Singles event in April, the Auckland Bowls Year 1-5 events for Pairs, Triples and Fours were played out over last 6-8 weeks, with excellent representation by both the Balmoral Men's and Women's Clubs in all events.

Balmoral had 2 men's teams and 1 women's team enter the Fours championship.  Of the three teams the 
Odie Walter skipped combination with, Allan Moyle, Paul Griffiths & Graham Farley progressed out of section play into the knock out rounds and lost a closely contested game to the eventual champions, Onehunga in the quarterfinals. 

None of the three men's teams entered in the event made it out of section play.  
composite women's Triples skipped by Karena Harris  from Mt Eden BC, along with Chelsea and Linda Farley progressed out of their section with 3 wins,  including one over the fancied Carlton Cornwall combination to reach the final.
The final was an absorbing game game against the 
relatively experienced Glen Eden combination. Balmoral opened up an early 5-0 lead after three ends and still held the lead 9-7, at the halfway mark of the 18 ends.  The game stayed close until the 17th end at which point Glen Eden had eased out to a what looked to be a game winning 3 point lead. An inspired end  from Balmoral saw them pick up the 3 on the 18th end to send the game into a tie breaker end. 
Glen Eden won the tiebreaker and final with 2 points. An excellent result for a team with 2 first year bowlers.  

Two of the three Balmoral BC men's pairings progressed to post section play in this year Pairs Event .  Odie Walter and Graham Farley lost to East Tamaki in the Quarterfinal round. And the  Scot Harrison, Artem Chesnokov pairing fell to the Championship runners up Glen Eden at the same stage.
The women's pairing of first year bowlers,  Linda and Chelsea Farley  while picking up 2 meritorious wins in section play,  were not able to progress to the knock out phase of this year competition.