Last weekend was the Milford 5000 for 1-8 players.
A Green had some major drainage issues and needed some major work to have it ready for the weekend. That eventuated with Saturday being the first day it had been played on. It looked good but played slow and was difficult for some of the players to come to terms with. B Green was much faster and played well. The weather was fine on Saturday, Sunday had a big shower of rain but they were able to finish before the consistent rain set in.
Mairangi Bay had four teams entered, see attached photo.( our players at the prize giving)
Glyn Taylor, Louise Ball and Rosemary Nicol.
Glenda Rountree, Hanaan Shahwan and Joy Watkinson.
Flora Macdonald, Graeme McGregor and Barry Baillie.
Gaye Horne, Michael Thomas and Allan Langley.
Please find below a report from each of the teams.
Report 1 from Glyn Taylor.
After a very difficult day on Saturday, Sunday was more about redemption than anything else with the team determined to record a win.
Unfortunately the day started with another loss to Pt Chev. Game 2 against Milford however got us off the mark with our first win. A second win followed against Takapuna and, we went into the last game against Mangawhai with an opportunity to finish amongst the prize winners. It was a close game with the lead swapping through the early ends before a good Mangawhai end gave them a break.
The team never gave up and tried to reel Mangawhai in scoring a 4 on the last end. Sadly that wasn’t enough and we had to settle for 2 wins an 11th place in the plate.
Report 2 from Glenda Rountree.
Day 1 – we had the privilege of playing Birkenhead – Millie, Chad and Willie (the eventual winners) first up and were beaten by 1. (L) Then Manly – Andy Dorrance , Matt Higgenson and Chris Searle – another good game. (L) Orewa – Wayne Harris, Allan McQuoid and Kerry Greenhalgh (Draw) and then finally a win against Epsom. Our results put us into the plate.
Day 2 – Riverhead (W) Beachhaven (W) Epsom again this time – their turn to win. (L) and then Hobsonville (L).The end result – we squeaked into 6th place and received a prize.
Report 3 from Flora.
What a brilliant tournament and so well run. Graeme, Barry and I were chuffed to have had 3 wins on the Saturday so we had the challenge of being in the championship draw on Sunday. The team played really well in the morning with wins against Royal Oak and Howick. Unfortunately, the afternoon competition had the better of us as we lost to Orewa and Milford. There were no prizes for us, but it was an enjoyable learning experience. Graeme, Barry and I are keen to give it another go next year.
Report 4 from Allan Langley.
Saturday we won 3 out of 4 losing the last game by 1 point on the last bowl of the match. Qualified for the Cup.
Sunday was a different day. Lost two games in the morning, one of which we were unlucky to lose. Won our first game in the afternoon and drew the second. Had we won that we could have been 5th or 6th as the teams who finished in those positions both only had 2 wins. We didn’t play as well on the second day but were not disgraced and the score differential in all games was not high. As you know second day in the Cup is much tougher than the first day.
Mairangi had two teams in the Cup and two in the Plate.
Well done to all our teams, it is a very strong tournament and you need to back up on Sunday.
For Joy and Allan, it is their last Milford 5000. ( They are now too old, he he).
With teams from Auckland, North Harbour, Bay of Plenty and Northland, 32 teams competed for the top prize.
Mairangi Bay and Orewa both had four teams the largest from any other club
The tournament was again very well run by the Milford team.
A big thank you to several Mairangi Bay supporters on both days which was much appreciated by our teams of bowlers.
The winners were the team from Birkenhead, Millie and Chad Nathan with Will Tonga(see attached photo).