Trips to nationals up for grabs

Sarah Scott, of Invercargill but representing Dunedin, delivers a bowl as opponent Margaret O'Connor, of Queenstown, watches on at the national championships southern zone two regional playoffs at the Taieri Bowling Club yesterday. Photo: Linda Robertson
Sarah Scott, of Invercargill but representing Dunedin, delivers a bowl as opponent Margaret O'Connor, of Queenstown, watches on at the national championships southern zone two regional playoffs at the Taieri Bowling Club yesterday. Photo: Linda Robertson
A trip to Auckland has been on the line at the Taieri Bowling Club this week.

The national championships southern zone two regional playoffs tournament is being hosted at the club as the South's best look to qualify for the national finals.

Each discipline has been played over two days, with the pairs concluding today and the final event, the mixed pairs, to be played on Monday and Tuesday next week.

The men's and women's singles events were won by West End's Gary Ford and Te Rangi's Bronwyn Stevens.

Both won four of their five matches, edging Roger Stevens and Sharon Leonard.

In the triples, Northend claimed a closely contested men's title.

Its team of Lyall Spencer, Iain MacCallum and Allan Bailey won three of its five games to beat North East Valley and Alexandra, which tied for second.

Queenstown's Margaret O'Connor, Christine Buchanan and Debra Lloyd claimed the women's triples title with four wins from five.

The same trio, alongside Jane Anderson, had more success in the fours.

They won all five games to emerge a convincing winner in that section.

In the men's fours, Waikiwi, represented by Craig Merrilees, Bryan Hervey, Aaron Tribe and Brent Thomson, beat Alexandra.

Each of the six regions that make up southern zone two - Southland, South Otago, Dunedin, Central Otago, North Otago and South Canterbury - are represented by a team or individual in each section.

In recent years, all bowlers have met at the national tournament but this year a qualification tournament has been brought back.

That means only the winners have to make their way north.

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