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Wyeth, Ireland earn gold stars at open triples

Featherston’s Peter Ireland won his 10th centre title and his second gold star. PHOTO/FILE

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CHRIS COGDALE
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The Rosewood Funeral Home Wairarapa open triples competition was a momentous occasion for two of the region’s top bowlers.

In the finals played at Featherston on Sunday, Masterton bowler Judith Wyeth won her 30th centre title and sixth gold star as part of the winning women’s triple.

Featherston’s Peter Ireland won his 10th centre title and his second gold star. The win also gave veteran Les O’Donovan his 29th centre title, one short of his sixth gold star.

Wyeth played number two for the Masterton club triple along with Makaia Campbell [skip] and Leah Mackenzie [lead].

Campbell, Wyeth and Mackenzie made the final after beating the trio of Jean Paku, Maureen McGhie, and Jennifer Mahupuku in the semifinal.

The final against the Masterton combination of Dorothy Christensen, Alanna Saunders and Andrea Dee was a closely fought affair with only two shots separating the teams.

The men’s championship was won by the Featherston trio skipped by Ireland, with Stuart Campbell at number two and O’Donovan at lead.

Ireland’s team made the final with victory over the Ronnie Saunders, Scott Mackenzie, and Dave Hougian combination in the first round of post-section play, followed by a semifinal win over John Claydon, Matthew Day, and Norm Beams.

In the final, they came up against the Masterton trio of Gary Caffell [skip], David Richards and Carwyn Caffell, who had beaten Ian Monaghan, Dean Stratford, and Paul Manning in the first round, and Bruce Howe, John Harmon, and Richard Whitley in the semifinal.

The Featherston combination dominated the final to come away with a comfortable victory.

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