Galloway claims third national title in skipping four to victory

Mike Galloway has skipped his side to the national fours title in Taranaki.

Galloway, now a three-time national champion, combined with David Clark, a former national pairs champion with Galloway, Martin Dixon and Steve Fisher.

For Dixon and Fisher the championship was their first open national title.

Fisher has joined an illustrious list of players who have won national titles in both indoor and outdoor bowls.

They defeated the Manawatu team of Phil Skoglund jun, Matt Pearson, Scott McGavin and skip Dean Gilshnan in the final.

Defending champions Rodney Greaney, Paul Matheson, Adrian Robins and Kevan Greenwood fell at an early hurdle during their attempt to become the first back-to-back men's fours winners since Rowan Brassey, Jamie Hill, Mike Reid and Ross Haresnape to achieve the feat in 2003.

Other strong teams skipped by world and national champions such as Gary Lawson, Sam Tolchard, Lance Pascoe, Blake Signal, Peter Belliss and Dan Delaney all also fell by the wayside as the tournament progressed.

English international Sam Tolchard lost a tightly contested semifinal against the eventual champion team.

Dale Rayner and her team of Kaaren Guilford, Reen Belliss and Linda Ralph played exceptionally well as a team to win the women’s final in a convincing fashion.

The win extended the record of former national champions Rayner and Belliss.

Attention now turns to the open mixed pairs.

— Staff reporter