Otago sides out of contention at interprovincial tourney

Otago women will playoff for third and fourth at the New Zealand interprovincial tournament today.

They will face Hawke’s Bay Poverty Bay.

The Otago side lost their semifinal against Northland 3.5-1.5 at Waikanae yesterday afternoon.

Northland was to face Waikato in the final.

No 1 Sumin Kang tied with Belinda May and Otago No 2 Yoonae Jeong won 5 and 3 against Shardae Bulkeley.

But Judith Yates and Sophia Park both 5 and 4 and Anahera Koni lost 4 and 3.

Otago made a good start to the day, beating beat Hawke’s Bay Poverty Bay 3-2 in the morning round.

Kang was strong with a 2 and 1 win over Kayla Van De Ve.

Jeong (5 and 3) and Koni (3 and 2) also produced good wins, while Yates (1 down) and Park (5 and 3) lost their games.

Northland was to face Waikato in the division 2 final.

In the men’s interprovincial, Otago could not force their way into today’s semifinals.

They tied up their final round robin game 2 and a-half apiece against Taranaki at Paraparaumu Beach yesterday afternoon.

Phil Bungard (1 up) and William Mclauchlan (3 and 2) both picked up wins for Otago, while Hamish Ireland and Callum Judkins both went down 2 and 1.

At the number 2 slot though, Otago’s Ryan Bellamy and Taranaki’s Brodie Ferguson could not be separated, and so honours were shared.

The result left Otago at fifth spot in division one.

They were just behind Tasman, who had the same number of wins, but managed an extra halved match.

It also did Wellington a favour, as a Taranaki win would have taken them into the semis over the men from the capital.

The other semifinalists are Auckland, Canterbury, and defending champions Bay of Plenty.

The Otago men had also a strong start to their day earlier, thumping Tairawhiti 4-1.

No 1 Mclauchlan lost his game 2 down to William Brown.

But Ryan Bellamy (6 and 4), Hamish Ireland (5 and 3), Callum Judkins (6 and 5) and Phil Bungard (4 and 3) all played good rounds to secure the win for Otago.