Quarterfinals high point for southerners
Southland's hopes in the men's pairs at the national bowls championships ended in Dunedin yesterday.
Two pairs had survived Tuesday and secured places in the last 16.
Tony Cockerill (Gore) and Paul McKinnel (Elmwood) went one better by making the quarterfinals, after beating Trevor Ludlow (Alexandra) and Russell Dawe (Port Chalmers) 21-12. However, they were then comprehensively beaten 24-10 by Gary Lawson (Victoria) and Ben King (Wilton).
Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (Gore) and Elliot Mason (Forbury Park) also advanced to the last 16, after they beat Northend's Stuart Le Breton and Jason Heffer 18-14 in the last 32. But they, too, found Lawson and King too hot, losing 21-17.
The only other Southland pair to win a match in post-section were Te Rangi's John Flynn and Graham Low. However, they lost by one shot in round two.
Pam Calder (Invercargill) was the only Southland woman to notch a win in the singles on Tuesday.
She beat Lyn Haworth (Beckenham) 21-10, but then lost 21-15 to former international Janet Swallow (Taieri) in the last 16.
Swallow had eliminated Helen McKinnel (Te Rangi) 21-15 in the previous round. Ngaire Moreton and Maree Jones (both Waverley), Glenice Paisley (Invercargill) and Gill Swale (Te Rangi) all exited in the first sudden-death game.