Southland men first, Otago women second

The Dunedin women's team which finished runner-up at the national intercentre championships in...
The Dunedin women's team which finished runner-up at the national intercentre championships in Wellington comprised front row (from left) Sarah Scott, Beth Brown, Jan Hall, Vicki Robinson, back row (from left) Jacqui Peterson, Bronwyn Stevens, Angie Francis, Shona Mann and Janet Swallow (manager-selector). PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Teams from the South made a real impact at the national intercentre bowls championships over the weekend.

The Southland team won the men’s tournament while the Dunedin women’s team made the final before going down to a powerful Nelson team.

It was the best performance by a Dunedin team since the mid-1980s and it beat some top teams to get to the final.

The tournament in Wellington featured 26 teams from all over the country.

Team competed in singles, pairs and fours.

Beth Brown played singles for Dunedin, Bronwyn Stevens and Sarah Scott (skip) were the pair while the four consisted of Angie Francis, Vicki Robinson, Jan Hall, Shona Mann. Jacqui Peterson also played in a few games.

Dunedin went through section play unbeaten, managing a good win over Auckland.

It then won the pairs and fours to beat Northland in the quarterfinal. Canterbury was conquered in the semifinal, Otago winning the singles 25-16 and pairs 16-12.

Nelson had plenty of depth in the final with New Zealand greats Jo Edwards and Val Smith to the fore. Nelson won all three matches.

The Southland team of Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, Tony Cockerill, Shane Elliott, Bryan Harvey, Elliot Mason, Craig Merrilees, Steve Sanders and Craig Tinker had hard-fought wins in all three disciplines.

This win marks the first time in its history Southland has claimed the national men's intercentre.

It played Canterbury in the quarterfinal and won the singles and fours to advance. In the semifinal, it defeated Wellington, winning the singles and pairs.

The singles and pairs again did the damage in the final against Auckland to claim victory.

The Dunedin men went out in the quarterfinals, losing to host side Wellington.

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