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Qualifying in the Shooting Competition (Tir de Précision) took place on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening, after play had completed. The top two qualifiers in the Men’s and Women’s competition then faced off during the lunch break on Sunday afternoon.
Both finals were very low scoring affairs with the top qualifier edging the second qualifier by a single point. Michael Rocks beat Dez Grant 15-14 to win his second title. Christine Strichen beat Karen Stephen 12-11 to win her fifth title.
Ten teams took part in the PNZ National Women’s Triples Championship held at the Herne Bay Pétanque club in Auckland.
In a change from last year’s format the Women’s Triples was held on a single day, the day before the National Triples. Previously, it had been a two day tournament held at Waitangi Weekend.
The day started with a four round Swiss, followed by a knockout for each group of four teams.
Nicola Brock, Pam Jenkins and Claire Matthews were the only undefeated team after the Swiss and continued through to the final where they faced the second placed team from the Swiss, Karen Stephen, Tina Targett and Christine Taylor.
After an even opening few ends, Nicola, Pam and Claire took the lead and eventually ran out 13-6 winners.
The Trophy Consolation final was won by Robyn Chalmers, Ann Clayworth and Diana Glamuzina who beat two-time defending champions Sharon Cannon, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson.
Eleven teams entered the twentieth annual WBS Open Triples held at the Materton Pétanque club. Due to the small number of entries the usual random draw followed by pools and a knockout was replaced by a single round-robin, with the top two team playing off for the title.
At the end of Saturday, the defending champions Maurice Belz, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks led with 6 wins. Sharon Cannon, Murray Porter and Brian Smith were in second place on 5 wins, although they had already had the bye.
On Sunday, both of the top teams dropped a game before they faced off in the last round. As they had both already qualified for the final, this game was a bit academic. The 3 M’s winning 11-6.
The final was different matter entirely. Racing out to a 10-0 the 3M’s looked in complete control. Sharon, Murray and Brian fought back to 11-11 and then the scores inched forward to 12-12. The 3M’s prevailled in the final end to retain the WBS Open Triples title.
In the Plate final, Kevin Bryan, Alan Cameron and Vaughan Husband beat Marc Khull, Trevor Neilson and Barbara Nicholls 13-10.
Seventeen teams took part in the WPA Regional Triples Championship at Horowhenua, an increase of four teams from 2016.
The weather forecast was a 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms. At the start of round 4, there were a couple of thunder claps, but the rain thankfully stayed away.
Saturday’s play was the traditional 5-round random draw to determine the team rankings.
Two teams went through the day undefeated: Sharon Cannon, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson topped the rankings with Grant Bray, Ann Hogg and Annick Le Guen in second place. (Day One rankings)
The curse of the undefeated qualifiers struck again on Sunday. Sharon, Christine and Claire were unable to win a game all day. Likewise, Grant, Ann and Annick crashed out of the Trophy section in the morning. However, they did regroup in the afternoon to win the Trophy Consolation.
In the Trophy section, Morgan, Nico and Dirk were undefeated in reaching the Championship final were they faced the defending champions Myles, Pete and Michael.
Myles, Pete and Michael took an early lead, only to see Morgan, Nico and Dirk claw their way back and eventually win 13-7.
Five clubs (Kapiti, Manawatu, Otaki, Upper Hutt and Wanganui East) took part in the Champion of Champions Triples at Otaki.
The Manawatu team of Ken Benn, Kevin Bryan and Ron Sandilands went through undefeated to claim the title. However, it was a close run thing. In round 3 they played Wanganui East (Trish Biddle-Amora, Pete Hamilton and Richard Turfrey) and won 13-12.