Northern maintain winning streak
When Manawatu's interclub teams motor off to Napier for the zone playoffs in March, three will be from the Northern Bowling Club.
Already the Northern women's teams have emulated last year's effort by sweeping both division 1 and 2.
The top Northern team are the national champions and the Manawatu sports team of the year so little surprise they won by miles from Palmerston North. It was such a wide margin, 13 match points, the last two rounds did not have to be played.
But when it came to the men, had the Palmerston North division 1 team lowered their flag to half mast on Saturday night, it would have been understandable.
Going into the last round they were five points clear of Northern with only six points available and needed just one draw to retain their title.
But, you guessed it, Northern won the lot to take the title by a point from a Palmerston North team on their home greens and made up of current or former representative bowlers.
In the singles, Craig Gush (Northern) beat Ross Ellery (PN) 25-13, Phil Skoglund and Terry Johnson (Northern) eclipsed Pat Horgan and Chris Barrett 15-13 and the Northern four of Mark Noble (skip), Adam Johnson, Grant Davis and Neil Gordon downed Brian Little (skip), Graham Cooley, Steve Toms and Eric Watson 23-15.
Takaro and Terrace End didn't play the last round.
Palmerston North had won the two men's divisions last year.
There are 10 teams in the men's division 2 with three rounds to play and the top seven still in the hunt. Northern, though, aren't one of them.
Northern are the strongest women's club and they ruled their division 2 with their top two teams finishing in first and second.
Centre president Skoglund was pleased that of the 16 clubs in the centre, 14 were competing in interclub this year. The two exceptions were Kimbolton, with their tiny membership, and Pahiatua who, when entries were due to be lodged, had the problem of the Manawatu Gorge being closed.
Men's div 1: Northern 17 + 58 diff, PN 23 + 56, Takaro 9-29, Terrace End 10-6. Women's div 1: No 17 + 58, PN 4.
Men's div 2: PN A 24 +80, Terrace End 34+ 67, PN B 23 + 15, Johnston Park No 1 33 + 35, Johnston Park No 2 20 + 1, Ashhurst-Te Kawau 19 + 9, Dannevirke 17 - 30, Northern 14 - 22, Takaro 12 - 75, Bulls-Hokowhitu 6 -85.
Women's div 2: Northern 24 + 14, Northern B 20 +111, Johnston Park 17 - 14.
Centre div 1: Northern 29 + 153, Terrace End 22 + 47, Himatangi Beach 20 - 15, PN 17 + 3, Foxton & Beach 17 - 59, Johnston Park 15 - 33, Woodville 15 - 45, Takaro 9 - 85.
Centre div 2 (any gender): Shannon 27 + 153, PN 23 + 82, Northern 23 + 25, Dannevirke 18 + 33, Hokowhitu 17 - 65, Foxton & Beach 15 - 86, Bulls 11 - 60, Terrace End 10 - 83.