Gallop maintains his winning roll

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Last updated 07:21 11/02/2014

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Lloyd Gallop maintained his stellar form of the new year to claim the McKendry Men's Open Pairs title with Blenheim clubmate Warren Minogue at the weekend.

After winning the open singles title last weekend, Gallop was again in commanding form as he and Minogue downed another Blenheim club pairing, Paul Langley and Shane Kenyon, in the final of the rescheduled event.

The early stages of the pairs was played on January 25-26 but had to be abandoned at the semifinal stage due to heavy rain.

On Sunday Dennis Mills and Josh Boyd from Riverside were ahead 13-5 when the game recommenced, but steady play from Langley and Kenyon saw them narrow the gap to 11-13, scoring on six consecutive ends. Mills scored one shot on the 15th end but conceded three on the final end to send the game into an extra end where Langley and Kenyon gained the vital shot to win 15-14.

In the other semifinal the Riverside duo of Sanjhe Prasad and Craig MacDonnell had a narrow 9-7 advantage when play resumed and built on this to lead 14-7 after 12 ends. However, Gallop and Minogue picked up 11 shots over the next three ends to lead 18-14 and, despite Prasad scoring two shots on the final end, Gallop won the match 18-16.

In the final, Gallop and Minogue always had the game under control, leading 8-1 then 10-3 at the halfway stage and, despite Langley drawing well to pick up singles on ends 11 to 15 it was not enough to deny Gallop and Minogue, who claimed his 10th centre title. It was Gallop's 34th centre crown.

The Havelock Garden Motel Women's 5s competition was also completed on Sunday.

The top four teams from this competition, which had been played in November, faced each other on the Havelock greens in two entertaining semifinals, Havelock defeating Springlands by 51 shots to 48 after matches were tied at 2-2, and Riverside defeating Blenheim by 3 matches to 1.

The main event and plate finals were both equally hard-fought, Blenheim (Val Montgomery, Ann Cook, Beryl Macdonald, Dot Capill, Sheryn Emms and Jan Gallop) winning over Springlands (Josephine Romano, Aileen Rowe, Bev Dixon, Val Richards and Val Tringham) 56-48 in the plate final.

Nothing separated the two teams in the main final. Havelock (Frances Bradley, Colleen Robbins, Karen Day, Viv Forrester, Barbara Lancaster, T May and Pauline Douglas) won the triples 15-11 and the singles 21-19 while Riverside (Honey Reuben, Val Symes, Pauline Simpson, Glenda Bishop and Rosemary Finch) were victorious in the pairs 17-12 before taking the crucial fours match 13-11 to seal victory by the narrowest of margins, 60 shots to 59.

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The first round of Champion of Champion events took place on Sunday at the Riverside club with Patsy Riri (Havelock) defeating Chris Wooster (Springlands) in the final of the J1-5 women's singles. The J1-5 women's pairs was affected by wet weather on Saturday and will be played at a later date.

The Takahanga two-day men's tournament was played in Kaikoura on Saturday and Sunday and was hailed by organisers as a great success, despite some pretty average weather on day two. On Saturday the 40 teams competed in glorious summer conditions, with some great competition and camaraderie, while Sunday saw the playoffs battled out in wintry weather, with rain for much of the day and a cold wind.

Games were played on both greens at Takahanga as well as the Kaikoura Bowling Club, with results showing persistence pays off.

A composite team from Marlborough, comprising skip Lloyd Gallop and Colin Wratt from the Blenheim club, plus the Havelock duo of Dick Jones and Graham Hood, took out the main honours from a Leeston combination. Another Marlborough composite four was third, comprising Chase Bishop (Riverside), Mike McNulty (Blenheim), Ken Lond (Riverside) and Paul Langley (Blenheim).

Woolston Park Club, the only visiting club to have entered the tournament every year since the competition started 38 years ago, took out the bowl section with a team led by Brian Steele.

- The Marlborough Express

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