Taranaki men off the pace

GRANT HASSALL
Last updated 05:00 25/02/2013

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Taranaki's charge in the men's event of the intercentre in Auckland came to an unexpected halt in the quarterfinals, going down to Bay of Plenty two matches to one.

Darren Goodin had his fifth win from six games in beating Paul Anderson 25-17 in the singles.

On a Pakuranga green with quick brown patches and slow green areas on it, Goodin didn't get as close as he had earlier in the tournament, but he still had enough poise to take the match.

Grant Anderson's four of John Garrud, Mark Anderson and Bruce Phillips took longer to adjust to the green than Steve Beel's side and found itself 8-0 down after three ends.

While that margin was halved, it couldn't be overhauled, and Anderson's team went down 15-8.

That meant it came down to the pairs, in which John Roberts and Craig Johns had led 9-2 early on.

But BOP's Robbie Aitken and Phil Harris clawed back into the match.

Taranaki led 11-8 and held five on the head, when Harris drove, hitting one of his own short bowls on to the jack and springing it to grab a three and tie the match up.

This seemed to bring Harris into life and thereafter he became the dominant man of the match, with BOP winning 17-14.

Earlier in the day, Anderson's four had beaten both Wellington and Auckland to end up with four wins from five matches, which was the same record as Roberts and Johns after they won twice, too.

Goodin lost his unbeaten record to South Otago's Robert Wilson 25-23 in the fifth round.

Meanwhile, the news was not good on the women's front, with Taranaki finishing last in section one on 11 points on Saturday.

Margy Carey and Kristin Stampa recorded a win and a draw to go with their win from Friday.

Val McEldowney lost both matches to end with one win.

The Taranaki four of Lorraine Crofskey, Yvonne Hardy, Girl Reweti and Gale Fache could not add to their two wins, dropping both games.

Canterbury continued their terrific run in New Zealand women's bowls, claiming the intercentre title.

They beat defending champions Nelson two matches to one in the women's final.

Serena Matthews and Sandra Keith won the crucial pairs game against Amy McIlroy and Jo Edwards 21-17 in the final, with Canterbury's second win coming from Bev Morel's four.

The singles match was not completed since Canterbury could not be caught, although Nelson was accredited victory with Val Smith leading Jan Khan 22-20.

Dunedin won its 13th men's intercentre title when it beat Manawatu in a closely fought final.

Dunedin claimed the singles and the fours matches and while the pairs was not completed, that appeared to be heading Manawatu's way.

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Michael Kernaghan was the outstanding individual in Dunedin's victory, winning all eight games in the singles.

- Taranaki

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