Australian bowlers visit
On Tuesday January 26, 27 Australian bowlers led by Barry Sullivan arrived in Mangawhai at the end of their 18 day annual pilgrimage to play in the Taranaki 4’s in New Plymouth. A corner to corner was held on the Wednesday after which they enjoyed a light meal at the Club hosted by Club members.
An invitation 2-bowl triples tournament was organised by MBC on January 28 with the field made up of 8 club, 9 Australian, and 7 invited outside teams from WarkWorth, Wellsford, OTP, Waipu, Leigh, and Maungaturoto.
An Aussie trio skipped by Peter Harris won overall honours, with outside teams taking the other 3 placings, 2nd skipped by Eddy Edwards, 3rd Ron Sadgrove, and 4th Les Hatfull.
Everybody who took part enjoyed a day of great bowls, plenty of refreshments, and friendship from fellow bowlers.
Thank you to those members who accommodated some, and all who made them feel welcome.
Mangawhai teams doing well
Teams playing away tournaments have had a lot of success in the past few weeks. Also January 28, four teams went to Kensington BC, where Ross B, John C, Doug S/E, won overall in a field of 15 teams, winning the Triples and getting their names on the trophy.
Five bowlers travelled down to Warkworth to play in the Mixed Triples where the team of Gerry M, Jan H, and Noel Lynch had a good win.
Also several teams went to Waipu BC for the Fresha Valley Mixd Triples, here Gerry M, Di R, and Sue Epsom had a win.
Six Mangawhai 1-10 year Jnr bowlers went to Arapohue on January 31 where the team of Wayne W, Doug S/E, and Brian W, won the Junior Hagger Trophy in a field of 12. Getting their names on this trophy is quite an honour so great work fellas.
Four teams went up to Hikurangi to defend the tournament they have won for the last two years. Though not winning this time, they went very close, losing to Hikurangi’s Ken Fitness and team. A very fine effort.
Club champ open singles
On January 31 & 31, the 2015/16 Open CC Singles was played with 26 bowlers taking part. Day 1 saw 17 players lose their two lives, leaving nine to battle it out for the final. Dave Frame and Dundee Henwood went into the second day with their two live’s intact, the other seven were down to one life – Colin Pierce, Paul Wightman, Paul Freeman, Neville Franks, Bruno Barnetta, Alf Smith, and Ron Heaton.
Day 2, round one, Dave F started the day with a bye. Paul W bt Dundee, Ron H bt Alf S, Bruno B bt Colin P, Paul F bt John C. Round two, Dave F bt Paul W, Ron H bt Bruno B, Dundee bt Paul F. Round three, Ron H got a bye, Dave F then played & bt Dundee H in doing so Ron & Dave were to play the Final.
The game was very even, 13–12 at about three quarters of the way through the game, then Dave drew away to win quite easily. A great two days bowling from Dave finishing with two lives intact. His first singles win since junior 1st year. Great going Dave well done.
Junior interclub A/C 6s
The annual Junior 6’s tournament held at Kamo BC on Monday February 1. Two teams represented Mangawhai, one from MBC, and one from MWBC, making a field of 8 teams.
Played in two sections of four teams over three rounds, each team played three disciplines – Singles, Pairs and Triples. The six players comprising the mens team were Doug SE, Steve B John I, Ken Mc, John Ballard, and Graham E. They won 7 of 9 games which put them into the final. They were beaten 3-0 but two games were only lost by 1 and 2 shots, both games they led with 1 end to play, so a top effort from the team. Well done guys.
--- Ron Heaton