Subs called in for Tri-series
Substitutes in bowls are unusual - but they might work.
They will be a novel necessity in a newly-emerged Tri-series at the Palmerston North Bowling Club at the weekend.
The representative matches between seven-player men's and women's teams from Manawatu, Taranaki and Hawke's Bay will clash on Saturday with the Manawatu champion-of-champions singles.
For the past two seasons a match between Hawke's Bay and Taranaki was held at a midway venue in Palmerston North. This year Whanganui asked to join and Manawatu was approached and agreed. Since then Whanganui have pulled out.
When it was being put together, Bowls Manawatu president Phil Skoglund warned the other centres that Manawatu had their singles on at the same time at the Northern Bowling Club.
Because three of the Manawatu men are involved in the singles and singles player Feona Sayles in the women's, Manawatu would need substitutes on the first day, until they were knocked out of the singles. Taranaki and Hawke's Bay agreed.
So representative team manager Noeleen Elston will fill in for Sayles until she has finished her singles.
In the men's team, two subs will be required, for the No 3 in the fours, Craig Gush, and for either fours skip Pat Horgan or fellow Manawatu bowler Barry Wynks, who clash in the first round of the champion-of-champions singles at 8.30am.
Manawatu representative teams: Men: Singles, Ross Ellery. Pairs: Philip Skoglund skip, Craig Gush (sub Neil Gordon). Fours: Pat Horgan, Mark Noble, Barry Wynks (sub Grant Davis), Cameron Nairne. Women: Singles, Feona Sayles (sub Noeleen Elston). Pairs: Mere Fryer (skip), Janine Noble. Fours: Sheryn Blake (skip), Anna Davis, Robyn Schischka, Georgie Kahui-Rogers (lead).