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Woodward Cup Round 1

Posted by: on 8 July 2018

Woodward Cup got underway today in damp and windy conditions at Coringa Country Club.

The story of the day would have to go to the hosts Coringa who upset Harewood 5-3. Matt McLean took down Nic Kay at the top in a good tussle, but Coringa’s middle order was too strong with wins at 2 through to 6, including a good win to Grant Mercer 6/5 over Matt O’Carroll in the number two spot. Harewood took the wins at 7 and 8, but in the end the hosts prevailed and will look to carry this momentum forward.

Russley and Pegasus could hardly be separated and with four halves in the matches, it was only fitting the teams halved overall. Hiroki Miya topped Kazuma Kobori 2/1 and Peter Brinsdon was convincing in beating Ben Baker 5/4. Reid Hilton and Andrew Green’s tight tussle ended in a halve and ultimately meant the points were shared at 4-4.

Templeton got off to a near perfect start, with a solid win over Avondale 7-1, with Templeton’s top 7 all claiming wins. Sam Purdon’s win over Hayden Burns 2/1 in the top spot along with Daniel Laughton’s 5/4 win over James Boswell in the fifth spot were highlights. Nathan Andrews claimed the sole point for Avondale over Mike Berry 1up.

Christchurch started promisingly edging past Waitikiri 5-3. JJ Love and Mike Toeke won at the top for Christchurch, along with wins to Jason Sincock and Nick Franzman. Will Bastings’ 7/5 win over John Wilson was the highlight for Waitikiri along with a solid win to Geoff Rudduck over Tom Turner a former Canterbury Rep who has returned after last playing Woodward Cup in 2012.

Bottle Lake and Weedons were even throughout the day in a match that ended with four points a piece. Anton Fouchee will feel gratified after a solid win 4/3 over Jordan Pruden at one. Jason Campbell and Kris O’Neil had solid wins for Bottle lake up the order. Bryden Grant and James Metzger had strong wins down the order for Weedons to offset these, ultimately ending in a well earnt draw for both sides.

Jason Sincock inched closer to Murray Brown’s 233 game record by making his way to tie second on the all-time list with Craig Prebble at 230 games.

Next week’s venue is at Bottle Lake which will provide some interesting match-ups once again. 

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