Well done Alf, Laurie & Lou!

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Congratulations to Alf De Munnik, Laurie Guy and Lou Newman who won the Wellington Open Triples at Wainuiomata yesterday. This was Laurie’s gold star for 5 Wellington titles, Lou now has 14 and Alf 3. They beat Kevin Wakefield’s Naenae side 22-12 in the final. The match was all square at 11-11 after 11 ends before the Victoria team picked up a maximum 6 to break the game open and coast home to the title.

This gives the Victoria men an amazing three out of four Wellington Open titles for the season and lifts Victoria back into the lead in our unofficial club of the year standings.

Well done Rich, Ray, Laurie, Nic & Robyn!

Victoria had a fantastic Wellington Open Singles with several players featuring in post-section play. Richard Corry picked up his gold star with a 5th Wellington title beating Ray Martin in the final. Ray had earlier accounted for Laurie Guy, while Rich beat former Victoria player Neil Barron (Hawkes Bay) in the other semifinal.

And Victoria had two in the women’s semifinals with Nicole Toomey going down to Kaaren Guilford (Johsonville) and Robyn Rintoul losing to Kimberley Hemmingway (Naenae).

The men are now in first place in our unofficial Wellington club of the year points.

Well done Robyn!

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. Loveridge’s team included Victoria’s Robyn Rintoul at lead.

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.

There are nine players left in the men’s singles after three rounds were completed on Friday including Raymond Martin into the quarterfinals.

Men’s pairs quarterfinals and semifinals will be played today from 9am. Men’s singles quarterfinals and semifinals will also be played today.

Womens Fours semifinal this morning…

Jo Edwards’ powerful team of Tayla Bruce, former Victoria player Kirsten Edwards and Val Smith will meet a side skipped by Wanganui’s Ann Loveridge in the semifinals on Friday morning at Paritutu.

Loveridge, playing with Victoria’s Robyn Rintoul, Dianne Patterson and Marilyn Constantine, beat Johnsonville’s Dale Rayner 19-15 in the quarterfinals. Rayner led 13-5 after 11 ends, but a three followed by a six not only brought Loveridge back into the game but also provided the momentum to take the clash.

The other semifinal will feature Sarah Scott (North East Valley) against former Victoria player Lisa White (Naenae).

Scott’s side was responsible for ending the hopes of two members of last year’s winning team, skip Leigh Griffin (Victoria) and Angela Boyd, 23-11 in the last eight.

Scott led 9-0 after five ends and while Griffin was still in touch at 16-11 after 12 of the 18 ends, Scott’s team finished the better to win. Inch remains the only player alive in all three disciplines.

In the mens fours quarterfinals Ali Forsyth and his side of John Young, Paul Titcombe and Tony Wood dominated most of the match against Gary Lawson (Sumner), winning 21-12. Lawson was skipping Roger Stevens, Chris Le Lievre and Victoria’s Neville Rodda.