Such are the vagaries of bowls, two of the unbeaten teams in qualifying fell at the first hurdle in post-section play in the Manawatu Centre men's open pairs at Terrace End yesterday.
Leading the way was centre president Phil Skoglund, himself a legend in the game, partnering the tournament's sponsor, Specsavers' Glen McGovern, to upset Terry Johnson and Clark Norris 15-14.
Skoglund and McGovern were only 15th of the 16 teams to qualify while Johnson and Norris strolled through qualifying with five straight wins.
Also unbeaten leading up to post-section play were defending champions Pat Horgan and Dean Gilshnan and, after having an early 11-3 lead, could not withstand a determined Brian Looker and Alistair Anderson (Terrace End) and went down 18-17.
Looker and Anderson will meet Michael Bowey and his father Andrew in the quarterfinals.
Bowey senior is holidaying from Australia to visit his son and daughter-in-law and was coerced into playing the tournament when it was known he would be in the city.
Andrew Bowey, a crop farmer, is from the Paskeville club on the Yorke Peninsula which has a membership of about 60 players. Michael Bowey is a member of the Palmerston North club and is a duty manager at Palmerston North Hospital.
Their only loss in qualifying was to Levin Central's Ian Mahoney but that was on an extra end. As it was, Mahoney and Castlecliff's Chris Waterson were the better known players not to make it through.
Safely through were Barry Wynks and Mark Noble and Chris Barrett and Graeme Cooley.
Play was to finish today.
Results of the first round of post section play: Brian Looker bt Pat Horgan 18-17, Michael Bowey bt Doug Haywood 17-10; Keith Walker bt Graham Gosnell 18-17; Chris Barrett bt Warren Hausmann 22-10, Barry Wynks bt Eric Watson 23-6, Trevor Butcher bt Dave Newell 16-12, Shane Rogers bt Terry Curtis 15-10, Phil Skoglund bt Terry Johnson 15-14.
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