Geraldine win tight contest

RICHIE KERR
Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012

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Geraldine's 2011 New Zealand Open Fours champions Steve Jones, Dan Rooney, Ricky Ross and Dennis Johnston won the South Canterbury Pathways Fours bowls final 14-9, on Saturday.

The quartet will now represent South Canterbury in the zone six final in Dunedin next year.

They played the West End team of Barrie Andrews, Gary Ford, Don Johnston and Ken Feathers in the final. The West End team gave them a good run and with a bit of luck could have won.

On the first three ends, Dennis Johnston got out of the blocks quickly and played great lead bowls which helped Jones take an early 3-2 lead.

Some smart bowls for skip, Andrews had his West End team back in front after he earned two shots on the fourth end.

On the next end, Feathers and Don Johnston held three shots and Rooney was unlucky with his last bowl going through the gap.

Jones then played a good bowl to reduce the damage to one shot.

The next end Don Johnston played two beauties and held two shots and then Ford trailed the kitty for four shots.

Rooney investigated the head and played the shot of the match hitting Dennis Johnston's bowl on a right-angle in for one shot to make the score 5-4 to Andrews.

On the ninth end Rooney drew two strong shots and Jones added another. But Andrews could not get past a shorter bowl for the Geraldine team to retake the lead 8-7.

The 11th end saw Feathers and Don Johnston holding two shots but Jones killed the end.

The next end was the turning point of the game. Andrews held six shots. Jones's reply was narrow of the target, but he got lucky hitting the short bowl up four yards and managed to sit on the second shot to be only one down. Andrews had the chance to push through for seven and just missed to get one and Jones maintained an unlikely 10-8 lead with three ends to go. Geraldine took control of the final from that point to win by five shots.

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- The Timaru Herald

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