ELMWOOD PARK BOWLING CLUB. Newsletter: January, 2021.
A new year, 2021, and another national title from Elmwood Park – Lance Pascoe. Congrats Lance!
Elmwood Park had four representatives at the National Championships held over the holiday break in Gary Lawson, Mandy Boyd and sister Angela – all multi title holders in past years – and Pascoe.
But it was Pascoe, who was teamed with former Black Jack, Jamie Hill of Auckland, who grabbed his first national title after several previous years of reaching high post section positions without pulling off “the big one.” The pair had to win eight consecutive games on the way to the final against Mike Bradshaw and John Carruthers of Royal Oak and once in the final, they were determined not to let the chance go.
With Lance playing fine, consistent bowls to complement the leading of Hill, they totally demolished the Aucklanders, 19 – 6, with a display which left no doubt as to who deserved to win.
“It’s good to get the monkey off the back. I’ve been in a few semis and a final so I’m rapt,” Pascoe said, hinting that it was a pleasant change to get one over his partner, Mandy, a seven times national champion.
Elmwood Park was also very well represented at the prestigious Burnside Stewart Buttar Pairs, with Rodney Greaney and Ian Rule playing together in the Aussie pairs format, as did Kelvin Scott and Nathan Glasson, and Lance Pascoe and Andrew Curtain. Stephen Ditfort teamed up with Burnside’s Paul Beecroft, Liam Eathorne was alongside Dave Vincent of Hornby, and Paul McKinnell paired with Jason Dunn.
The best performers were Pascoe and Curtain who were runners-up in Division 2, while Ditfort and Beecroft were runners-up in Division 3.
The Canterbury Centre finals weekend at Burnside on Saturday and Sunday turned out be “the Mandy Boyd Show”.
The outstanding Elmwood Park player showed all the qualities which makes her New Zealand’s top women’s player in the wake of Jo Edwards international retirement, to take out the centre women’s triples title and the singles title in a fantastic game against NZ team-mate, Tayla Bruce, of Burnside.
The singles match was always going to be the feature clash of the finals weekend and, after trailing Bruce for much of the match because of her opponent’s incredible drawing ability, Mandy once again showed her never-say-die attitude to grab four shots on the final end to win, 21 – 19.
Earlier she had skipped sister Angela and possibly the most talented new face in the club, Sheryl McLean, to beat Redcliff’s Amy Caddie, 16 – 11 in the women’s triples final.
It’s hardly any surprise that Bev Morel added yet another Centre title to her resume, winning the women’s pairs with long time lead, Sherrie Cottle. The consistently outstanding pair beat Julie Dalley of Halswell, 16 – 15 in a very tight encounter.
The men’s pairs final also featured another Elmwood Park combination, Nathan Glasson and Rickie Cook, who had enjoyed a good win over Belfast’s Steve Hurley in the semis. However it was always going to be a difficult final against former national pairs champion, Mike Small of Burnside, and the Elmwood lads conceded, 16 – 10.
The remaining Elmwood Park team to reach a final was Rod Greaney’s mixed four of Bev Morel, Bruce Humphries and Theresa Woodham. Earlier in the post section clashes at Morrison Avenue, they had survived a semi-final against another very competitive Elmwood Park team of Paul McKinnell, Pam Phair, Pam Nicholson and Don Baker. McKinnell’s team had done very well to beat highly rated Kerry Becks and his strong Rangiora combination in the quarter final, by a wide margin but, in the end, Greaney proved too strong in the semi.
But it wasn’t to be for Greaney in the final however, going down to Papanui rival John Mears, 16 – 13 in a hard fought clash.
The Heaton Street clubhouse rebuild is in a stalling phase at the moment with the club waiting for council paperwork to be completed. However president Pete Smith says the club is still on track for the demolition to begin in April and the rebuild would begin almost immediately afterwards.