The Invercargill ladies team will be the only Southland side representing the Southern Zone in the New Zealand finals at Palmerston North next week.
The Invercargill team, playing in Division 1, won through in a six-team round-robin event recently against teams from South Canterbury south and contested the singles, pairs and fours disciplines. The team consists of Pam Calder, Pat Clark, Lynne Beardsley, Beth McIntosh, Elaine James, Ann Mackie and Glenice Paisley.
The Division 2 men's team from Northend came close to a trip away when finishing runners-up at Balclutha and the Te Rangi men's team finished a creditable third in Division 1. Forbury Park and Alexandra (with the last bowl of the tournament) were the respective winners in the men's grades.
The final ladies championships of the season resulted in wins to the Waikiwi combination of Wendy Jackson and Michelle Preston in the pairs event and Sue Kincaid, Dot Gill and Bev Wilson of Winton RSA taking out the triples title.
Waikiwi's ten shots in four ends over opponents Kincaid (Winton RSA) and Frances Russell set the tone for the game Waikiwi winning comfortably, 18 shots to 9.
Waikiwi had earlier defeated Shona Klimeck (Gore RSA) and Yvonne Williams 22-6 and Winton RSA accounted for Otatara's Pat Shanks and Janice Pickett 17-10.
Kincaid's disappointment in losing the pairs vanished when she defeated Donna Kirk (Gore RSA), Maree Barclay and June Ryan with a 19-12 victory in the triples final.
A maximum six shots on the fifth end dampened the spirits of the Gore team and the Winton team sealed the title by scoring on six of the next seven ends.
Waverley's Julie O'Connell, Wendy Sutherland and Carmel Stewart and Te Rangi's Bronwyn Stevens, Jan Low and Selma Martin were the beaten semifinalists, Waverley losing 16-7 to Winton RSA and Te Rangi 21-11 to Gore RSA.
This week competition has started in South Otago in the regional playoffs for the various Southland Championship winners, both men's and ladies', and the chance to represent the south in the Pathways New Zealand finals later in the year.
- The Southland Times