Henson takes control with last bowl

INDOOR BOWLS
Last updated 10:50 20/05/2014

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Strand's Ian Henson took out the Patron Closed Singles indoor bowls tournament at Blenheim's Simcox Stadium on Sunday, narrowly overcoming Marshland's Graeme Liddicoat in a nail-biting final.

In a match where the lead changed five times, Liddicoat went into the last end with a one-point advantage.

However, Henson regained the lead dramatically with his very last bowl of the tournament to record a 12-9 victory.

Henson was made to work hard for his final appearance, facing extra ends in both his quarterfinal and semifinal against Kevin Wills and Errol Fairhurst respectively.

Liddicoat, on the other hand, had a much more emphatic qualification run, which included a handsome semifinal victory over Bruce Hitchcock.

Marlborough's representative players failed to fire in the tournament, Wills being the only representative to qualify for the finals.

Witherlea's Judith Hyndman was the only woman to qualify for the finals, taking home the J Luke Trophy for her efforts.

Meanwhile, the Rapaura foursome, skipped by Carolyn Parkes, won the Pratt Cup tournament at Simcox Stadium on Saturday, overcoming Chris Wooster's team 13-5 in the final.

All teams in the tournament were skipped by women.

Despite trailing 1-4 after just three ends, the Rapaura combination dominated the closing stages of the decider, executing some consistent bowls at good lengths, to take the trophy home.

Parks, who is better known as one of Marlborough's top leads, enjoyed success in her first competition match as skip and was well supported by Julian Adams, Don Henry and Sue Gosling.

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Veteran John Henson proved age is no barrier by defeating Ricky Parkinson to take out the Grovetown Club singles indoor bowls championship last week.

The club also held their pairs championship, with David Brown and John Taylor overcoming Tony Clark and Lorraine Harris in the final.

Meanwhile, the Marshlands triples championship round robin competition recently finished, with Steven Grant's team taking home the spoils with four wins. He was joined by Graeme Mansfield and Graeme Mason, with the runners-up being Kalvin Robinson, Grant Small and Peter Hoosen.

The Rapaura Club also held their triples championship on a round robin basis. Don Henry's team, which included Malcolm Adams and Beryl Little, surprised the field by winning the competition outright. Runners-up were Tony Fenemor, Damian Scott and Bruce Martin.

In interclub action, the second round of the Dunkinson Cup was held last week. Blenheim South A are the early leaders on 24 points, while Rapaura, on 21 points, and Marshlands, on 19 points, round out the top three.

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The Marlborough selectors have been forced to make one change to the representative team to play against Nelson and Golden Bay/Motueka in the triangular tournament in Golden Bay this weekend. Illness has forced Damian Scott to withdraw from the team. His place will be taken by Steven Grant, with Ian Henson added to the reserves.

- The Marlborough Express

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