Veteran bowler Rowan Brassey will lead an experienced outfit
against Andrew Kelly's youthful team in the final of the
Hyundai National Open Championships fours final in Taranaki
Kelly, the defending champion from Canterbury, will be joined
on the Paritutu Bowling Club green by former Black Jack Danny
Delany, New Zealand Gold Star bowler Chris Le Lievre and 2010
NZ Open singles champion Raika Gregory.
Kelly's side was in superb form today (Tues) as they
accounted for Graham Skellern 19-17 in their quarter-final
and put on a dominating display against Taranaki favourite
Brian Baldwin in the semi-final to win 16-8.
The final against six-time national fours champion Rowan
Brassey is bound to be a lot more difficult, as was shown by
the defeat of both Ali Forsyth's composite team (fours
champions in 2011) and Richard Girvan's crack squad of fellow
Black Jack Shannon McIlroy, multiple national title-holder
Kevin Robinson and rising talent Lance Pascoe.
Skip Brassey, Beau Prideaux, Rodger Hassall and Brett Hassall
bundled out Forsyth in the quarter-finals 20-7, dropping just
five ends in a 16-end game, and then delivered a similarly
definitive blow to Girvan's chances of a trophy shot, winning
Both men's and women's fours finals will start at 9am.