Marlborough's four teams battled well but were unable to string together enough wins to claim overall victories at the annual quadrangular tournament on the Papanui greens in Christchurch on Saturday and Sunday.
Men's and women's A and B teams from Marlborough battled some tough combinations from Canterbury, Dunedin and Wellington. The women's A and B teams finished third overall, while both the men's A and B sides were fourth.
Playing singles for Marlborough's women's A team, Sandra Bunt got off to a shaky start, going down 25-11 to Dunedin's Sue Hodges before bouncing back superbly to beat national representative Jan Khan, 25-20. She dropped her last game 25-12 to Wellington's Leigh Griffin.
The pair of Pam Stevens at skip and Josephine Romano followed a similar path, dropping their first game 22-10 to Wellington, accounting for Dunedin 25-7 before losing to Canterbury 21-15.
The four of Dorothy McLean, skip, with Mary Riddell, Rosemary Finch and Jan Gallop made an excellent start with a 17-12 win over a strong Canterbury four skipped by Bev Morel. After a 10-shot loss to Wellington they beat Dunedin 20-6. This left Marlborough a creditable third ahead of Dunedin, with Wellington taking the title from Canterbury.
Pauline Bailey, playing singles for the women's B team, lost all three of her matches after a tough first-up tussle with Wellington, the final score being 25-24.
The pair of Ari Boyd, skip, and Colleen Robbins beat Dunedin 23-12, then Wellington 19-15, before dropping the last 21-12 to Canterbury.
The four, skipped by Karen Day, with lead La Rita Franklin, Pauline Low and Raylene Kara, lost by 12 shots against Canterbury, before accounting for Dunedin by the same margin only to lose their last against Canterbury.
The B team also finished third, being headed off by Canterbury in first place, followed by Wellington.
Lloyd Gallop got the Marlborough men's A side off to a good start, beating Wellington's Justin Goodwin 25-24 but could not repeat his success in round two against Canterbury's Andrew Kelly, the national rep taking the match 25-16.
Gallop's last was a cliff hanger against Dunedin's Craig McCaw, the scores locked at 22-22 and Gallop with the shot only to see McCaw drag the kitty for three.
Warren Brown, skipping the pairs with Graham Hood, had a close tussle against former New Zealand singles rep Mike Kernaghan and Mark Gillespie, from Dunedin, losing by two shots, 12-14. Brown and Hood bounced back to take their second round game 15-13 over Wellington, before losing their last by one shot to Canterbury.
The four, with two new faces for Marlborough in Dick Jones and Greg Smith along with lead Craig MacDonnell and skip Sanjhe Prasad, got of to a shaky start, losing by 17 shots to Canterbury. They had a good second round win over Dunedin, 14-13, before losing to Wellington in the last round.
Although the men's A side finished fourth, the team proved competitive with close results not falling their way.
Singles player Josh Boyd was the standout for the men's B team, and a name to watch in the future. After winning his first game by eight he held game shot in the second only to see Canterbury's Shaun Thompson move the white with his last for the game. The third round saw Boyd again impressive, winning 25-11.
The pair of Brian Montgomery and Scott Mansfield was a mixture of youth and experience with Mansfield having his first outing at this level. A 26-11 loss to Wellington was followed by a 21-11 loss to Dunedin. The final round saw them notch their first win, a 21-20 win over Canterbury.
The four skipped by Salve Muollo, with Paul Langley, Ken Paget and Ken Hart suffered three losses although were unlucky in their last, going down by a single shot to Dunedin, the team slipping back to fourth behind Dunedin on differential.
Men A - Canterbury 14 points +22 diff, Dunedin 10 points +21 diff, Wellington 6 points -4 diff, Marlborough 6 points -39 diff.
Men B - Canterbury 13 points +37 diff, Wellington 11 points +11 diff, Dunedin 6 points -24 diff, Marlborough 6 points -32 diff.
Women A - Wellington 14 points + 72 diff, Canterbury 10 points +9 diff, Marlborough 8 points -13 diff, Dunedin 4 points -63 diff.
Women B - Canterbury 12 points +49 diff, Wellington 12 points + 34 diff, Marlborough 8 points -20 diff, Dunedin 4 points -63 diff.
- The Marlborough Express