The Hyundai National open Pairs Championships have been won by Southern Region teams - Sandra Keith & Serena Matthews (Dunsandel) in the womens event and Ali Forsyth (Havelock) and Matt Gallop (Blenheim) in the mens event. Congratulations to you all from the Regional Service Centre. Womens & Mens charts
Ali Forsyth skipped his composite pairs side with Matthew Gallop to a 15-9 win over Rob Ashton (skip) and Barclay Lee (Composite) in the final of the men's pairs, and earned himself a place in the history books with a coveted gold star for winning five national titles. While the women's pairs trophy went to Sandra Keith (skip) and Dunsandel clubmate Serena Matthews.
Forsyth and Gallop's match was made up of a consistent string of winning ends created by some superb lead draws and some equally superb draws and drives from Black Jack skipper Forsyth.
A Black Jack in his own right, Gallop's work up front paved the way for some great ends that impressed the large crowd that had gathered at the Hyundai National Open Championships 2013 around the Paritutu Bowling Club finals green.
“I couldn't have done it without Matt,” Forsyth said.
“He was fantastic as lead. It's a real honour to win this trophy and we're looking forward to the fours tomorrow.”
Gallop and Forsyth will join forces once again to play in the fours team they won the 2011 National Open Championships title with at Dunedin.
Keith was equally excited about the prospect of another title shot after beating highly-rated Boyd sisters Mandy (a Black Jack) and Talent Development Squad member Angela (Composite) 15-13 in the women's pairs final.
“We're looking forward to the Fours tomorrow, but I think we might just fill this trophy up first,” Keith said with a victorious smile.
“This is what we were aiming for all season, so we're really proud to have won it. Serena was a great lead all through the championship and I was grateful to have her up front.”
It's already been an amazing season for the Ashburton bowler, as she took out the World Champion of Champions Singles title last year to make a hat-trick for the Kiwi women at the prestigious international event. But she has a special place in her heart for the nationals, after losing the chance to defend her singles title in a first day qualifiers' losing streak that put her out of contention.
Along with former New Zealand representative Matthews, the duo led from the start and never let up.
Despite being runners-up for the second year in a row in the pairs, the Boyd sisters were upbeat about their chances in the fours that start tomorrow at 8:30am on greens around Taranaki.
Mandy and Angela Boyd were part of the winning fours team in the 2011 National Open Championships held at Dunedin.