Too little too late for Canterbury
A win and a half on the final day of competition were not enough to save a poor week for Canterbury at the national men's interprovincial teams championship.
Canterbury missed the semifinals, finishing fourth in their section and a disappointing eighth overall.
They needed two wins, and a host of other results to go their way in yesterday's final two rounds at Dunedin's Balmacewen course. Neither happened.
They beat North Harbour 4-1 in the morning round and then halved with Bay of Plenty 2 -2 .
But it wasn't enough; Tasman won both their matches to jump to the top of Canterbury's section, Bay of Plenty's half a point on the final day secured their semifinal spot and Northland won twice, dropping Canterbury well out of contention.
They'd saved their best for last, but by then it was too late.
Only reserve Jason Yoo lost in yesterday's morning round as the rest of the side won convincingly.
Jordan Bakermans, at No 1, won 6 and 5, Owen Burgess won 3 and 2, Harry Bateman 2 and 1 and captain Tom Turner 4 and 3.
Bakermans and Turner both won against Bay of Plenty - 5 and 4 and 4 and 2 respectively, while Nic Kay picked up the side's half.
It might have been their best day at the tournament, but the damage had been well and truly done earlier in the week.
A half with their section's two qualifying teams, Tasman and Bay of Plenty, were fair results, but losses to Otago and Northland were the side's downfall.
Canterbury 4 North Harbour 1 (Jordan Bakermans bt Cam Jones 6/5, Owen Burgess bt Kevin Budden 3/2, Harry Bateman bt James Davis 2/1, Tom Turner bt David Feeny 4/3, Jason Yoo lost to Jason Gulasekharam 4/3). Canterbury 2 Bay of Plenty 2 (Bakermans bt Brad Kendall 5/4, Burgess lost to Peter Lee 2/1, Bateman lost to Sam Davis 3/2, Nic Kay all square with Victor Janin, Turner bt Landyn Edwards 4/2). Today's semifinals: Southland v Bay of Plenty, Tasman v Manawatu/Wanganui. Placings: Auckland 5, Northland 6, Waikato 7, Canterbury 8, Wellington 9, Otago 10, Aorangi 11, North Harbour 12, Taranaki 13, Poverty Bay 14, Hawke's Bay 15.
- The Press
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