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Naenae Girls in national bowls four final

International star Jo Edwards (United) underlined her class when she skipped Val Smith, Kirsten Griffin and Tayla Bruce into the women’s fours final after a thrilling 18-17 win over Wanganui’s Ann Loveridge.

Edwards and Loveridge were 6-all after six ends, then 11-all after 11 ends. A four and a single gave the edge to Edwards, but Loveridge replied in kind, to make it 16-all with three to go. A single each way set up the grandstand finish. Wanganui held the shot on the changeover, however, Edwards drove off the shot. Loveridge connected with the counting bowl with her final delivery but did not dislodge it far enough.

The other finalist is Naenae’s Lisa White’s side of Kimberley Hemingway, Natasha Russell and Jessie Macaw. They beat Sarah Scott (North East Valley) 18-10. White led 8-4 after eight ends but the contest was still open at the 11th end with the score 9-6. The next four ends went the way of the Wellington side, creating a game-winning 15-6 lead. Scott’s team replied with a four, but the greater consistency of the women from the capital saw them score on the last two ends.

There are nine players left in the men’s singles after three rounds were completed on Friday.

The most advanced player is Eric Pattillo, formerly of Kensington and now of Tauranga South. He beat promising youngster Finbar McGuigan (Plimmerton) in the only fourth round game played, which was a quarterfinal. The other scheduled fourth game of the day were put on hold to allow the men’s fours semifinals to be played.

The four players into the quarterfinals are Raymond Martin (Victoria), Blake Signal (Stokes Valley), Dean Elgar (West End) and Paul Sorensen (Napier). Into the last 16 are Gary Lawson (Sumner), Mike Solomon (Eastbourne), Mike Bradshaw (Onehunga & Districts) and Richard Girvan (Onehunga).

Meanwhile, both men’s fours semifinals, which finished after 8pm, turned into thrilling contests. The finalists are Dean Elgar and his side of John Garrud, Neil Candy and Gerry O’Sullivan, and Peter Belliss’ team of Lance Tasker, Blake Signal and Richard Girvan.

Belliss beat Dean Drummond’s side of Seamus Curtin, Lloyd Fitness and Richard Hocking 21-18 in a fluctuating contest. Belliss led 9-4 after six, but Drummond turned it around to 12-9 in front after nine. Three ends later Belliss was up 18-12, before Drummond tied it up 18-all with two to go. A single and a two secured the match for Belliss.

Elgar’s team scored a deserved victory over Ali Forsyth’s quartet of John Young, Paul Titcombe and Tony Wood 19-17. Elgar led 11-6 after eight ends, but a four to Forsyth on the 10th levelled the scores. The teams still could not be separated after 15 ends before a spectacular 16th head. Forsyth trailed the jack for three, but Elgar in turn trailed it back for one. A three on the penultimate end gave Elgar a four-shot lead, and Forsyth could only manage two on the last.

The fours finals will be played on Saturday morning, with the pairs finals scheduled for 9am on Sunday, followed by the singles finals.

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