Hawera Park's Kristin Stampa scored an emotional win in the final of the Taranaki Open fours women's tournament at the Paritutu greens in New Plymouth yesterday.
"I dedicate this win to my mum," Stampa said after her team of Pauline Kennedy (three), Judy Stewart (two) and Ella Smailes (lead) beat Margaret McCallum's Inglewood four 26-14 in the TSB Bank-sponsored event.
"Mum was a great competitor and my biggest fan. I know she was there with me on the green."
Stampa said her mother, Jan Mailman, died on December 23.
"I've never won this event before. I've never won a fours title, not even at club level. I've won singles, pairs and triples, but not fours," she said. "It's hard to even qualify in this event. In the semis, we played well . . . it was just magic. We were all zoned in. And today, the girls were great. They set things up. When you've got bowls on the head, you can do anything."
Stampa certainly did, rescuing her side several times as McCallum and her team of Sally Frater (three), Noelene Dickson and Bev van Wynbergen (lead) threatened.
It was the second title of the season for Stampa, Kennedy and Smailes who won the open triples in January. It was Stampa's eighth Taranaki Centre title, the fourth for Kennedy and the second for Smailes.
For Stewart, the victory will always hold special memories - it was her first Taranaki centre title.
Stampa said, "Ella is special needs and she played some great bowls. She's been playing 20 years and to get two titles in a month is great. And Judy, she's a third-year bowler. For someone who didn't want to play bowls, she's right into it now."
The Hawera Park four also had success in the nationals played in New Plymouth in January - they were among the qualifiers in the fours but were beaten in the first round of post-section play.
Stampa and her team led 17-9 after 15 ends in the final and picked up a four on the 16th end to jump to a 21-9 lead. McCallum and her team rallied winning the next four ends to close to 21-14.
The Hawera Park four responded with a two to lead 23-14 and clinched the deal on the back of some superb play by Stampa.
Both teams scored impressive wins in semifinal play.
Stampa was in control from the start against Vogeltown's Gale Fache winning 26-7, while McCallum and her team proved too good for Lepperton's Nellie Hewson winning 29-9.
The scores were much tighter in quarterfinal play, with Stampa sneaking past Paritutu's Joan Richards 21-20 and Fache a 25-24 winner over Valda Rowan from Paritutu.
On the other side of the draw, McCallum beat Vogeltown's Shirley Marsters 28-13 and Hewson beat West End's Trish Howard 28-15.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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