Martinborough comfortably retained their Wairarapa Women’s Interclub title, and the club’s men lead their championship after a rain-affected weekend of bowls.
Carrington’s late withdrawal due to illness from the women’s championship left only the two clubs, Martinborough and Masterton, who played two rounds at Featherston on Saturday to decide the winner. Martinborough dominated, winning all six matches in singles, pairs and fours to wrap up their third consecutive title.
Martinborough have a narrow lead after the first day of the men’s championship played at Greytown.
The final three rounds, which were to be played on the Featherston greens but were washed out, are likely to be played at the same venue on Saturday.
Martinborough sit atop the table with 44 points, with Featherston on 43, Masterton on 31, and Carrington on 20.
The representative season gets underway on Sunday with the traditional clash against Kapiti Coast at Paraparaumu Beach.
The fixtures are the first opportunity of the season for the respective selectors, Lester Dee and Tanya Wheeler, to assess the form of the players before the major representative tournaments in the new year.
There is a change of format for the men, though, and the two teams, named ‘Red’ and ‘Black’, will each play the Kapiti ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams in singles, pairs and fours.
The women will stick with the format used in previous years with a round of 2-4-2 games in the morning, followed by the respective A and B teams meeting in the afternoon.