Last Friday was the first day of the Men’s and Women’s Winter cup bonus fours.  It was a beautiful day, fine, a little wind and chilly.

All teams played three games and they will play another two games this Friday to decide the finals teams.  Mairangi Bay had eight teams entered, four men and four women, which is an outstanding turnout for this event.

The women all played at Browns Bay.  We had two teams in section 1,

The team of Sheryl Wellington, Jan Gledhill, Colleen Rice and Theresa Rogers, had a good day with three wins including a win over the other Mairangi Bay team in that section.

They now lead their section.

The team of Jo Baxter, Flora Macdonald, Jane Mackay and Annie McGrath had a strong win against a top Takapuna team in their first game.

They lost game two in the last end to Mahurangi 14-15 and then lost to Sheryl’s team in their third game.

We also had two teams in section 2,

The team of Elaine McClintock, Hanaan Shahwan, Lorna Donald and Kerin Roberts had a good day with three wins and lead their section.

The team of Gaye Horne, Judi Farkash, Joy Watkinson and Rosemary Nicol, lost their first game to Warkworth but won their next two.

They sit second in the section.

The top two teams in each section will play a round robin finals round.

Men, we had two teams playing at Hobsonville.

Section 1/ the team of Murray Radojkovich, Phill Chisholm, Gordon Jenkins and Allan Langley had two good wins but lost their last game to Birkenhead 22-20.

They sit second in their section.

Section 2/ the team of Gerry Strydom, Kevin Cameron, Barry McCrystal and Steve McGregor had great day, with three wins beating Browns Bay and Beachaven.

They top their section.

At Warkworth again we had two teams.

Section 3/ the team of Jim price, Glyn Taylor, Kevin Robertson and Ralf Cullen, struggled with the fast green and the wide line. They lost all three games, one by two points.

They struggled with getting the bonus points.

Section 4/ the team of John Gledhill, Tony James, Stuart Mackay and Roger Potter, started the day with a good win against Manly. But then had losses to Hobsonville and Orewa.

They also struggled with the speed and wide line of the green and a lack of bonus points.

They sit in fourth place in their section.

In the men’s, the top two in each section qualify for quarter finals in a knockout system.

Some good results on Friday could see four or five of our teams make the finals.

Report by Alan Daniels.