Mercedes Cup: Where 1-5 Years aim for glory in the North
8 May 2024
By Gerard Hulst

In a galaxy not so far away, the annual Mercedes Trophy Interclub Challenge converged on the greens of Kamo Bowling Club on May the fourth, better known as Star Wars Day! Initiated by Robin Ellery back in 2004, this championship has become a celebrated fixture on the bowls calendar, thanks to the support of Mercedes Benz.

From the northern realms of the Far North to the southern stronghold of Counties Manukau, five formidable teams – Okaihau (Far North), Kensington (Northland), Helensville (North Harb our), Carlton Cornwall (Auckland) and Pukekohe (Counties), each representing their region’s best 1-5s, gathered to test their mettle in Singles, Pairs, and Triples formats.

The intensity was clear as the teams engaged in a round-robin battle, each vying for precious points. With victories worth three points and draws earning one, every bowl carried immense significance. Carlton Cornwall’s valiant efforts, marked by nail-biting last-end draws and heart-wrenching one-point losses, encapsulated the drama of the day.

Ultimately, it was Kensington and Helensville who emerged as finals contenders, locked in a thrilling tie with 24 points apiece. While hoisting the trophy would have been a sweet victory, the true essence of the tournament lies in the invaluable experience gained and the bonds forged amongst the budding bowlers.

A shoutout to the unwavering supporters of Carlton Cornwall, whose spirited presence added an extra dimension to the event’s atmosphere.

Bowls Northland has captured the competition – view their photo gallery on their Facebook page.


Winners from Kensington


Runner-up from Helensville