Andrews into two finals

2021-05-04T19:52:20+00:00April 12th, 2021|

Paritutu’s Cathy Andrews had a memorable weekend by advancing to two finals when the champion-of-champions series commenced.

Andrews skipped her side into the fours final on Saturday evening and then completed the double by securing a spot in the singles decider on Sunday. All events in the TCM-sponsored series will be decided on a finals weekend on May 1-2.

The women started the fours at Oakura, but the weather eventually won the day, with some first round games being finished off inside at Paritutu.

Andrews’ side of Amanda Crehan, Marlene Barrowman and Barbara Batley needed an extra end to sneak past a Hawera Park team of Irene Waller, Judy Stuart, Lilac Pouwhare and Kristin Stampa 18-14 in the semifinals. Andrews had led by two shots playing the 15th and final end. But a two to Stampa forced the match into overtime.

In the fours final, the Paritutu side will play Tower’s Geneva Barnard, Hazel Schwartfeger, Frances Busby and skip Jane Augustine. Augustine’s side moved away after the opening stanza of its semi to beat Opunake’s Val Langton, Heather Radford, Nell L’Ami and Bev Robinson 19-8.

Andrews’ semifinal singles victory on Sunday, at West End, came 21-15 over highly promising Lepperton junior, Briar Atkinson. Atkinson had been untroubled in the earlier rounds, while Andrews sneaked past Val McEldowney (New Plymouth) 21-20 in the prior game.

In the final, Andrews will meet defending champion Chris Commane (Opunake). In the other semi, Commane beat Augustine 21-8 in a repeat of last year’s final.

After three rounds in the men’s fours, all inside at Paritutu, the surviving skips are Steve Muller (Oakura), Hamish Kape (Paritutu), John Ape-Esera (Waitara) and Paddy Deegan (Opunake). Muller, skipping Don Hinton, Murray Crombie and Paul Coxhead, beat Richard Helms (New Plymouth) 18-10 in the last eight, while Kape’s youthful and powerful team of Daryl Read, Ryan Vincent and Aidan Zittersteijn were 23-6 victors over Dean Elgar (West End).

The Waitara wonders of Jeff Jane, Ray Ancell, Les Powley and Ape-Esera accounted for Scott Roberts (Tower). Deegan’s quartet of Daryl MacKenzie, Len Reader and Kewene Ratahi ousted Gordon Oliver (Lepperton) 22-6.

In Sunday’s senior singles, Paritutu’s Darren Goodin and Fitzroy’s Tony McAlevey advanced to the final. Goodin came through a particularly tough draw, which included a 21-16 semifinal victory over Craig De Faria (West End). McAlevey secured his first finals berth when he beat the 2014 winner Gerry O’Sullivan (Inglewood) 21-16 in the other semi.

The junior singles finalists were also found on Sunday, with Tina Atkinson-Watt (Lepperton) set to square off with Debra Kalin (West End) in the women’s decider. Atkinson-Watt beat Gail Burrows (Inglewood) 21-6 in one semi, while Kalin ended the run of Judy Crawford (Fitzroy) 21-9.

In the men’s Levi Davis (Opunake) will meet Hohepa Murray (Vogeltown) after they respectively won their semifinals over Mike Baldwin (Lepperton) 21-12 and Nathan Goodin (Okato) 21-11.

Paritutu’s Cathy Andrews had a memorable weekend by advancing to two finals when the champion-of-champions series commenced.

Andrews skipped her side into the fours final on Saturday evening and then completed the double by securing a spot in the singles decider on Sunday. All events in the TCM-sponsored series will be decided on a finals weekend on May 1-2.

The women started the fours at Oakura, but the weather eventually won the day, with some first round games being finished off inside at Paritutu.

Andrews’ side of Amanda Crehan, Marlene Barrowman and Barbara Batley needed an extra end to sneak past a Hawera Park team of Irene Waller, Judy Stuart, Lilac Pouwhare and Kristin Stampa 18-14 in the semifinals. Andrews had led by two shots playing the 15th and final end. But a two to Stampa forced the match into overtime.

In the fours final, the Paritutu side will play Tower’s Geneva Barnard, Hazel Schwartfeger, Frances Busby and skip Jane Augustine. Augustine’s side moved away after the opening stanza of its semi to beat Opunake’s Val Langton, Heather Radford, Nell L’Ami and Bev Robinson 19-8.

Andrews’ semifinal singles victory on Sunday, at West End, came 21-15 over highly promising Lepperton junior, Briar Atkinson. Atkinson had been untroubled in the earlier rounds, while Andrews sneaked past Val McEldowney (New Plymouth) 21-20 in the prior game.

In the final, Andrews will meet defending champion Chris Commane (Opunake). In the other semi, Commane beat Augustine 21-8 in a repeat of last year’s final.

After three rounds in the men’s fours, all inside at Paritutu, the surviving skips are Steve Muller (Oakura), Hamish Kape (Paritutu), John Ape-Esera (Waitara) and Paddy Deegan (Opunake). Muller, skipping Don Hinton, Murray Crombie and Paul Coxhead, beat Richard Helms (New Plymouth) 18-10 in the last eight, while Kape’s youthful and powerful team of Daryl Read, Ryan Vincent and Aidan Zittersteijn were 23-6 victors over Dean Elgar (West End).

The Waitara wonders of Jeff Jane, Ray Ancell, Les Powley and Ape-Esera accounted for Scott Roberts (Tower). Deegan’s quartet of Daryl MacKenzie, Len Reader and Kewene Ratahi ousted Gordon Oliver (Lepperton) 22-6.

In Sunday’s senior singles, Paritutu’s Darren Goodin and Fitzroy’s Tony McAlevey advanced to the final. Goodin came through a particularly tough draw, which included a 21-16 semifinal victory over Craig De Faria (West End). McAlevey secured his first finals berth when he beat the 2014 winner Gerry O’Sullivan (Inglewood) 21-16 in the other semi.

The junior singles finalists were also found on Sunday, with Tina Atkinson-Watt (Lepperton) set to square off with Debra Kalin (West End) in the women’s decider. Atkinson-Watt beat Gail Burrows (Inglewood) 21-6 in one semi, while Kalin ended the run of Judy Crawford (Fitzroy) 21-9.

In the men’s Levi Davis (Opunake) will meet Hohepa Murray (Vogeltown) after they respectively won their semifinals over Mike Baldwin (Lepperton) 21-12 and Nathan Goodin (Okato) 21-11.