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Day and Petersen continue good form

Matthew Day continued his good form with a win in the Men’s Open Pairs, in combination with Lester Dee. PHOTOS/JADE CVETKOV


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The bowls season just keeps getting better and better for Masterton club bowlers Matthew Day and Leanne Petersen, with both taking victories in their respective Open Pairs Championships on Sunday.

Day combined with clubmate Lester Dee [skip] to win a thrilling final in the Bowls Wairarapa Men’s Open Pairs at Greytown.

Dee and Day were playing Wellington representatives Logan and Brady Amer from Johnsonville and were up against it coming to the final couple of bowls.

The Masterton pair had held a one-shot lead going into the final end, but were three shots down on the head, and facing defeat.

Up stepped Dee, who superbly drew the shot with his final bowl, which was enough to hang on for a popular victory.

The win continued a brilliant season for Day, who has also won the Masterton club singles, pairs, and fours championships.

Leanne Petersen has also been in superb form having won her Masterton club singles and pairs championships.

That carried over to the Bowls Wairarapa Women’s Open Pairs played at the Masterton Park Club.

Judith Wyeth [pictured] and Dorothy Christensen were beaten by Shirley Poutu and Leanne Petersen in the final of the Women’s Open Pairs.
Petersen joined with Featherston’s Shirley Poutu [skip] to beat the Masterton pair of Judith Wyeth and Dorothy Christensen 18-12 in Sunday’s final.

However, that good form has not been enough for Day and Petersen to force their way into the Wairarapa teams for the Intercentre Championships in Wellington this weekend.

The men’s team is the same that played at the lower North Island Octagonal Tournament in New Plymouth last month.

That has Ian Monaghan take the singles’ role, Scott Mackenzie [skip] and Hayden Frew in the pairs, and John Claydon [skip], Les O’Donovan, Steve Willis and Warren Fisher in the four.

There are some changes to the women’s line-up though.

Makaia Campbell retains the singles’ spot, Tanya Wheeler skips the pair, with Janelle Frew moving from the four.

Dale Rowe [skip], Fiona Mancer, Poutu, and Elaine Hemi make up a new-look four.

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