McGregor pairing on target to retain title

Defending champions Adam and Tommy McGregor (Wakari) remain in contention to go back to back in the Bowls Dunedin open pairs begun over eight greens at the weekend.

With the weather intervening on Saturday, play went straight to post-section yesterday and the McGregor duo took an immediate liking to the Balmacewen green, kick-starting the defence of their title by beating the St Clair pairing of Ross Stevens and Brent McEwan 14-9, then rolled the Fairfield pair of Reece Aiken and Bevan Meddings (Fairfield) 22-10.

This form continued when they dispatched in-form North East Valley pair Keanu Darby and Roger Stevens 16-10.

They scrapped their way to victory in a 16-15 quarterfinal win over Dan Sinclair and Glenn Murtagh (Forbury Park) to set a set up a semifinal against St Kilda pair Wally Shaw and Reuben Silva.

On the other side of the draw, the Forbury Park pairing of Sheldon Bagrie-Howley and Oliver Mason looms as a real threat after four convincing victories on the path to the semifinal and a date with the Fairfield combination of Regan Larkin and Kris Newall.

Similar fortune did not favour the defending champions in the open women’s Judy Robertson and Jean Young (Taieri) who were knocked out 24-13 in the third round of post-section by North East Valley’s dynamic duo of Sarah Scott and Bronwyn Stevens.

Scott and Stevens appeared in unbeatable form leading into the quarterfinal stage and a match with Green Island’s Faye Cosgrove and Lyn Rance who made the North East Valley pair battle for every point in their 15-14 victory.

Scott and Stevens will now play the Outram pair of Janet Swallow and Christine Boorer in the semifinal.

On the other side of the draw Shannon Eathorne and Cathy King (Andersons Bay) will play Jan Hall and Leslie Dabinett (Green Island).

It is hoped the semifinals and finals will be played next Sunday.

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