Mens Fours Championship 2023/24

The first game of the semi finals was contested by the teams of Ross Cunningham, Warren Elliott, Des Russell and Gerald Hanna (The Kiiwi Crew) against Peter Auguston, Gary Bayne, Mark Douglas and Adrian Rose. This game was a very evenly contested event with scores quite close up until the mid-point of the game, however the Auguston team then started to get on top with some very consistent play and ended up winning six of the last nine ends, albeit by only small scores, but enough to hold the Cunningham combination at bay until the final end, winning 15 shots to 9.The second semi final was made up of the other two qualified two sides, namely Dan Greig, Jim Spencer, Jeff Thomson and Brian Staples against Murray Hulbert, Alan Walton, Peter Flack and Peter Morgan. This game started with the Greig team getting a small lead after four ends (4 up) but by the thirteenth end the fancied Hulbert side had pulled away slightly and looked in control until they inexplicably dropped five shots on the fourteenth end. They recovered quickly by picking up three shots on the fifteenth end and by the start of the eighteenth end there was a two shot advantage to the Greig side. All set for a very tight finish. Ultimately, the Greig side played a percentage game on the last end and restricted the opposition to a one shot final end, which wasn’t good enough to take the win. Final score 17 to 16.

This left the grand final to be played out between the teams of Greig and Auguston in the afternoon. This game also started very evenly with scores tied up until the tenth end, however on the eleventh end the Auguston team surprisingly gave away a five and followed on with another four dropped on the twelfth end, generated in large part by the entertaining and skillful bowls of “Mad Dog” Spencer.. This was ultimately too big a lead to give to the determined Greig team and while the Auguston team never gave the game away, (winning the last five ends) it was too big a lead to give away. The final score being 25 to 21 after the twenty one ends.