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Masterton go back to back in Duncan Cup

Sam Forrester. FILE/PHOTO


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Masterton have won the Duncan Cup for the second consecutive year with a 9-6 triumph over Shandon at Paraparaumu on Saturday.

The victory was set up with a dominant display in the morning foursomes, played in wet and windy conditions.

The defending champions were in a commanding position at lunch with a 4-1 lead.

Kerry Mountcastle and Sam Forrester won their clash at the top of the table 2 and 1, the number two pairing of Owen Lloyd and Troy Shaw won 7 and 6, Kirk Collins and Simon Dew won 3 and 1, and Pim Borren and 14-year-old Jamie Frew won 2 up.

“We got so many points in the foursomes which made it easier, but we still had to get at least four in the afternoon,” coach Joel Macklin said.

Borren, playing at number nine, got the ball rolling with a convincing 8-7 win, meaning that the remaining nine players only needed three points between them to lift the trophy.

Macklin said in the end it was a surprisingly easy win.

“It was 9-6 and we still had two matches on the course and we just conceded them because there was no point carrying on playing, so it could have been more.”

“Everyone got at least a point, and everyone contributed, so that was probably the key to winning.”

Sam Forrester [3 and 2], Troy Shaw [5 and 3], Philip Tuoro [2 and 1], and Toby Tuoro [3 and 2] were Masterton’s other singles winners.

Masterton won the Duncan Cup, Wellington Interclub’s premier trophy for the first time in 2019, with an 8-7 win over Judgeford.

“It’s probably even sweeter than last year,” Macklin said. “A few people have said that it shows last year wasn’t a fluke.

“Backing up and winning two years in a row and being the best team in Wellington is pretty special and the boys are keen to see if they can do it again next year.”

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