Canterbury wins the South Island AC Teams event

South Island AC Teams Event – Report from Alister Newey and Steve Costigan 

The AC South Island Teams event was held at the Waireka Club in Ashburton on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.

Teams from Nelson, Canterbury, South Canterbury and Otago competed and each consisted of 1 player from each the A, Intermediate, B and C grades.

The Canterbury team consisted of: 
Peter Parkinson, Steve Costigan, Alister Newey and Betty Hall.

The format was level doubles with the 2 senior players of each team playing together and the 2 junior players making up the second pair.

Each pair played a round robin against the same half of the other 3 teams each day, making 6 x 2-hour games for each pair and a total of 12 games per team.

The weather was cool to start with both days, (8.30 start) but turned out calm and hot for the most part. The lawns were in good order and quite fast.

The Canterbury team performed well enough to come in first place with 10 wins from their 12 games.

Peter and Steve lost just 1 game when unluckily the opposition gave little chance for them to get started and that game was all over in 1hr 5min.

Alister and Betty also lost only 1 game, their last one, on golden point, to a miracle roquet shot of 21 yards by the opposition, to their 2 balls set up to run the next hoop in order by Betty and unfortunately also the next hoop in order for the opposition striker as well. That’s sport.

We all had shots and games we would like to have again however let’s celebrate the result and the silver tray. 


Left to right: Steve Costigan, Alister Newey, Betty Hall and Peter Parkinson