Promising players take to greens
Many young bowlers will be hoping to make their mark at the South Canterbury Open Pairs tournament at the Temuka Bowling Club on Sunday.
Section play was held last Sunday, with several surprise casualties.
Many of South Canterbury's top bowlers failed to qualify, along with last year's winners, Danny Rooney and Steve Jones. Rooney lost to Reg McGarry and Kia Toa's South Canterbury development bowler, Darren Sullivan, and then lost against Mike Kane, who was in superb form, and his partner, Trev Cloughley.
Dinga Bell and Jim Vevers, who had been in good form, failed to win a game.
Russell Botting and Shane Chisnal had to win their last game against West End's Ken Walker and Peter Cooney. However, they were unable to deliver as the West Enders blew them away.
Seven teams qualified at the Temuka greens.
Jim Kane and Alan Wilkinson, who get the bye, are running hot after their triples win.
Sean O'Neill and Richie Kerr had four wins, beating the fellow Kia Toa team of Noel Williams and Steve Hall to prevent Williams from qualifying.
O'Neill played the West End duo of Gary Ford and Dennis Johnston, who qualified with ease. Graham Imes, who is playing well, and Geraldine's Rickie Ross take on the young combination from Temuka, Greg Valentine and Timaru Boys' High School pupil Keanu Darby, in the battle of country teams. Darby, who was the pick of the leads last week, looks set to play a big future in South Canterbury bowls.
Kia Toa's Kane and Cloughley play Sam Morton and former Auckland bowler John Tyro.
- The Timaru Herald