Geraldine fours look hard to beat

Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012

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Steve Jones' Geraldine team is the hot favourite to win the South Canterbury open fours when they play West End on Saturday.

Jones' team of Dan Rooney, Rickie Ross and Dennis Johnston will face Barrie Andrews, Gary Ford, Don Johnson and Ken Feathers after disposing of defending champions Kia Toa 17-12 in the semi-final.

Kia Toa with Richie Kerr, Sean O'Neill, Dinga Bell and Jim Vevers took an early lead 4-2.

They then held three shots and Kerr added another but Jones, in sensational form, ran at target and sliced kitty to get one shot.

On the tenth end the scores were locked at 6-all but Johnston and Ross played some great shots and O'Neill just missed with press shots.

Jones then held four and Kerr drove, hitting target removing two shots just missing the kitty, but Jones drew another to take a 9-6 lead.

Jones then increased the lead to 12-6 and on the 12th end Ross played a beauty to sit beside the kitty but O'Neill played an sensational draw shot to hold one.

Jones replied to sit by kitty and Kerr, having four back bowls ran the kitty into the ditch to close the gap to two.

On the second to last end there were five touches and Kerr had a chance to run the kitty into the ditch to give them the lead going into last end but failed with both attempts to give Jones' team the win.

In the other semi-final Nigel Dewe's team of Sam Smith, Michael Jones and Warner Barber were outclassed from the start against West End.

Andrews men up front were all class and schoolboy Dewe, who had been hitting everything earlier on, started missing and Andrews ran away with victory.

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- The Timaru Herald

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