One of the country's most valuable sporting trophies is up for grabs at the Stoke Bowling Club.
The Bacardi Cup is contested annually by Hospitality Association of New Zealand members in a men's fours bowls format, with 18 teams competing at the three-day national event.
The cup stands 1 metre tall and is valued at $37,000, with eight previous winners battling for one of the eight playoff berths. Each team plays six qualifying games and after yesterday's opening four games, only the Arthur Jones-skipped ABC's four from Christchurch remained unbeaten.
Neville Campbell's team from Invercargill is second, followed closely by another Invercargill team skipped by Charlie Burrell.
The Wakatu team of Bill Johnson, Murray Wigley, Tony Cotterill and Frank Monopoli were in fourth place.
Another Nelson bowler, John Haddock, is also competing for the Dunedin-based Saints team.
The teams were to play the final two qualifying games and the first round of post section play today, followed by tomorrow's semifinals and final. The non qualifiers will play in a consolation event.
- The Nelson Mail