Strong lineup for pairs

GRANT HASSALL
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2012

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Taranaki provides just over one-third of the entries in the men's pairs and even though the majority face difficult qualifying paths, some should give a good account of themselves.

Fresh from his Christmas pairs victory, West End's David Bennett reunites with Noel Probyn (Fitzroy), while the runners-up from that event, Grant Anderson and Bruce Phillips (Alton), also have the potential to go a few rounds in post section.

Paritutu's John Reid and Darren Goodin, who form an imposing four with Gary Mounsey and Brian Baldwin later in the Hyundai-sponsored event, are a capable combination, as are Gerry O'Sullivan and Dean Elgar (Vogeltown), and two West End duos - John Garrud and Gary Lilley, and Keith Sampson and Craig Johns.

Royce Hill has managed to coincide the pairs with a family holiday from Perth, where he has lived for two years. He combines with Fitzroy's Barry Agnew and the pair could surprise.

In the women's singles, aside from Cathy Andrews, Taranaki should have a sprinkling of qualifiers from the 39 participants.

Two of the best, Bev Robinson (Opunake) and Gale Fache (Vogeltown), will meet each other during the day and while form has not been on the side of Val McEldowney (New Plymouth), she certainly has the ability to qualify.

Provincial reps Nellie Hewson (Lepperton) and Girl Reweti (Stratford-Avon) have tough draws, while two juniors who could sneak through are Leanne Halls (Port View) and Kileigh Barber (Paritutu).

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