Mid Canterbury dominates on the greens

Graeme Bishop was in good form at the weekend as part of the Mid Canterbury team who defeated North Otago and then as the winner of the Greenkeepers’ Triples.

North Otago proved no match for Mid Canterbury on the greens of Ashburton on Saturday when the two sides met in their annual representative fixture.

Played across three greens around Ashburton and in four separate divisions, Mid Canterbury won three of the four ties and were comprehensive winners overall when all four scores were tallied at the end of the day.

Wins from the senior men, senior women and development men paved the way for success while the development women’s side went down to points differential with North Otago emerging on top.

At Allenton, the senior men’s side had a topsy-turvy morning before asserting their dominance in the afternoon.

They won three out of the four games in the opening round but were then clean-swept by North Otago in round two to leave things all tied up at the halfway point of play.

The men jumped out of the blocks in the afternoon though, winning all four games of pairs and triples before grabbing another three wins in the final round to secure a 27-21 overall score.

The development men’s side were even more dominant winning 29-17.

At the Ashburton Bowling Club the women’s side were ultra-impressive and North Otago proved no match for the experience that was provided by their hosts with Mid Canterbury winning the tie 32-14.

The Mid Canterbury bowlers won all four of their singles matches and also all four of their triples games too.

Playing alongside them, the development women’s side will rue a bad third round in which they managed only one win, ultimately setting up a tough task for them to come back in the final round.

They nearly pulled off the oracle by winning three of the four games in the final round but a higher points differential gave North Otago the victory after they were all tied up at 24-all.

On Sunday bowlers were back out on the greens for the annual greenkeepers’ tournament at the Ashburton MSA and Hampstead Bowling clubs.

At the end of the day’s play Graeme Bishop, Murray Smallridge and Jenny Mitchell emerged on top from Roger Gutbertlet, Mike Quinn and Gordon Sparks.

-Ashburton Guardian.

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