Inglewood’s Graham Reive and Steve Sabine enjoyed an unbeaten weekend on the greens as they advanced to the closing stages of two events in the champion-of-champions series.
The finals for all 10 events will be held this weekend at Paritutu and the Inglewood duo have worked their way into the men’s triples final with former Taranaki rugby lock Bernard O’Sullivan, and into the semifinals of the men’s pairs.
Opposing Inglewood in the triples are the three Anderson brothers from Tower – Brendan, Grant and Mark. Both sides had to do it the hard way to make the decider, though, after they came from behind in the semifinals at Hawera Park on Saturday.
Reive’s trio beat Alec Lowry, Lance McLachlan and Gavyn Horo (Rahotu) 21-18, but needed two threes and a single on the last three ends to do it. The Anderson team, with Mark skipping, scored a three on the penultimate end to level the scores against New Plymouth’s Laurence Hori, Michael Healey and Kelly Hill. Tower scored the shot on the final end to clinch the game 19-18.
Reive and Sabine also finished strongly in their pairs quarterfinal victory on their home green on Monday. They took the last 10 points to beat Camron Horo and Dennis Morris (Rahotu) 22-16 and will meet Peter Robertson and Hill in one semifinal. Robertson and Hill, aided by a four on the 20th end, held off the late-finishing West End duo of Neil Candy and Dave Wilson 23-18.
The other semifinal will be between Nick Payne and Grant Hassall (Vogeltown) and Daryl MacKenzie and Kewene Ratahi (Opunake). Vogeltown were 25-12 victors over the ageless Don Hinton and Steve Muller (Oakura), while the Opunake duo accounted for Kelvin Putt and Wai Peneha (Manaia) 28-17.
In the women’s pairs, Paritutu’s Heather Johns got the shot with her final delivery in one semifinal on her home green on Monday. It enabled her and Marlene Barrowman to edge out Fitzroy’s Vickie Kelly and Rhonda Adams 20-19.
Barrowman, who is also in the fours final, and Johns meet Hawera Park’s Ella Smailes and Kristin Stampa in the finale.
Smailes and Stampa completed an excellent weekend when they overcame Lepperton’s Linda Clarke and Brenda Rowe 28-7 in the other pairs semi.
On Saturday, in the triples, Smailes and Stampa, with Pauline Kennedy, put in a strong bid as well. Darkness prevented the completion of their semifinal against Opunake’s Val Langton, Eileen Rothwell and Pauline Davy. But the Hawera Park team has the inside running, leading 19-12 after 17 of the 21 ends.
New Plymouth’s Liz Corbett, Colleen Day and Val Fleming are already through to the final, having beaten Carolyn Stachurski, Lorraine Crofskey and Margaret McCallum (Inglewood) 26-7.