Saturday’s qualifying rounds for the Men’s Singles Championship were played in sizzling conditions on both greens. The strong field of 30 players was whittled down to 15 qualifiers by mid afternoon when the mercury reached 29 C in the shade, and close to 40 C on the Dales green.
There will be some very interesting match ups in post section play next week. On one side of the draw are Shoota Ballinger, Kumera Selby and John Adams as well as Bill Clelland, Grahame Law and Ken Hayward. The other side of the draw is even tougher with Daryll and Terry Johnson likely to meet in the quarter finals and Eddie Irving and Neville Turnbull lurking there as well.
The Junior men and women had it even tougher on Sunday when the temperature mid afternoon reached 31 C. The four women played a well-contested series of round robin games. In the first round Janet Olliver defeated Ralda Adams 21-11 and Linda Moy beat Lynn Cherry 21-13. In the second round Janet beat Linda 21-16 and Ralda beat Lynn 21-14. This meant that although the third round games began they were not completed as Janet had already won two games and even if Ralda won her last game she had already been beaten by Janet in the first round. Congratulations to Janet Olliver who will represent our club in the Champion-of-Champions singles on 25 February.
The Junior men played out their three qualifying games and at the end of a steaming day Peter Brown (with 3 wins), Les Galloway, Arnold Taiaroa and Graeme Mathie with two wins each qualifies meaning that they will go straight to semi finals and final when play resumes.
By the end of the weekend the cotula green was showing clear signs of stress and it will be flooded and closed to play for a few days.