Sandra Keith (Dunsandel) is on target to complete her set of
New Zealand championship bowls titles after her fours team
reached the semifinals in New Plymouth yesterday.
It would be a remarkable effort if Keith added the fours
title to the singles and pairs titles that are already in her
bag. Keith won the singles title last year and the pairs with
Serena Matthews last Friday. She is teamed with Matthews in
the fours and the other Dunsandel players are Pam Clarke and
They beat the home-town team of Cathy Andrews (Paritutu) 18-7
in the first post-section round and Anne Bateman's Composite
four 22-14 in the second round.
The big challenge for Keith will come from Sue Burnand's
Composite team of Leanne Curry, Angela Boyd and Mandy Boyd,
which won the title in Dunedin two years ago. Mandy Boyd won
a silver medal in World Bowls in Adelaide last month. The
team beat Yvonne Gibb (Composite) 19-2 in the first round and
Helen Grey (Vogeltown) 19-10 in the second round.
The big upset in the men's competition came in the second
round when triple World Bowls champion Peter Belliss was
beaten by Ray Lovie's Composite four 21-16.
The Composite team skipped by double World Bowls champion
Rowan Brassey is still alive after beating Dean Elgar
(Composite) 19-7 in the second round. Brassey's team will
meet current World Bowls player and defending champion Ali
Forsyth in the next round.
Forsyth's team, which includes World Bowls player Matthew
Gallop, beat Peter Ramsay (Wilton) 17-8 in the second round.
Dunedin's Ken Walker's Composite team of Mark Watt (North
East Valley), Laurie Guy (Victoria) and Kelvin Budge (North
East Valley) won their first-round game against Kevin
Mischefski (Stratford-Avon) 19-14 but were beaten by Pat
Horgan (Palmerston North) 18-17 in a nail-biter in the second
Alexandra bowler Pat Houlahan's Composite team of Barrie
Andrews (West End, Timaru), Alister Watson (Clyde) and Brent
Hickey (Alexandra) was narrowly beaten in the first round of
post-section play by Aucklander Vladimir Marsic's Composite
team 12-11. Dunedin bowler Rebecca Jelly (North East Valley)
was also beaten in the first round by Dale Rayner's Composite
four 14-13. She was lead in a Composite team skipped by Tanya
Wheeler and also including Kaaren Guilford and Tereska Knap.
Rayner beat Denise Samuel (Composite) 21-11 in the second
The strong North East Valley team of Stephen O'Driscoll, Jim
Scott, Terry Scott and Shaun Scott was unbeaten on the first
day of section play but lost all its games on the second day
and failed to qualify.