The Belfast club, with experienced Kelvin Scott playing the singles and strong showings from their pairs and fours teams, were too good for semifinal opponents Rangiora, winning 3-0 and finalist Canterbury 3-0 in the Bowls Canterbury sevens division 1 competition at the Burnside green last weekend.
The Belfast pair of Shane Sincock and Lance Pascoe will have given the Canterbury selectors plenty to think about, such was their dominance in their two games, while the fours combination, with Ricky Cook and Nathan Glasson having solid games at second and third, did their chances no harm for higher honours as well.
In the men's division 2, Darfield were winners over a plucky Woolston Park team that never gave up. Both Darfield's Ashley Paul, playing singles, and the Darfield four, skipped by Steve Glassey, completed two wins in their semifinal and final.
In the women's competition, Burnside 1, who were the underdogs to win the final, proved up to the occasion and completed a notable win over the strong Canterbury club with good wins in the pairs and fours. Tayla Bruce, Burnside's singles player, trailed 16-20 against experienced singles player Sherrie Cottle in a game which was not finished with Burnside already registering wins in their pairs and fours matches.
In the women's division 2 final, Beckenham 2 prevailed with close wins, by one in the pairs and fours over a valiant Cashmere. Both decided on the last end.
Julie Dalley, playing singles for Cashmere, was a decisive winner over Carrie-Jane Hargraves 25-15 and gave an immaculate display of draw bowls.
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