Victorious vibes for Carlton Cornwall
20 March 2024
Carlton Cornwall triumphs at Auckland 1-5 Year Interclub


By Weng Lim
Tournament Convenor

The future of bowls shone brightly as emerging talents clashed amidst intense competition as the 2024 Auckland 1-5 Year Interclub unfolded. With 21 sides vying for supremacy, the stage was set for a showdown of epic proportions. The reigning champs, the Howick Sharks, unexpectedly bowed out early.

At Papatoetoe Hunters Corner, Carlton Cornwall showcased their mettle on a gripping Sunday of post-section play overcoming the Mount Albert Lions encounter with two games to one in the first round, they set the tone for their eventual triumph.

In the Semi-Finals, Carlton Cornwall showed their strength again by beating St Heliers Gold 2-1, and Royal Oak Delta won all three games against Te Atatu Roosters, securing the second spot.

In the Singles, the clash between Carlton’s KJ Lark and Royal Oak’s Carl Martin was a spectacle, with tension mounting until the very last end. Meanwhile, the Pairs combination of Henrietta Scott & Loa Tuatoga from Carlton Cornwall led all the way against Peter McConnell & David Gordon from Royal Delta 20-9 after 16 ends. In the Triples, Mukesh Rohra, Alister Brown & Tania O’Leary from Carlton Cornwall Gold overcame Mike Faircloth, Rebecca Brosnan & Adele Nelson from Royal Oak Delta narrowly with a score of 16-14.

President Gerard Hulst beamed with pride as he celebrated the triumph of his 1-5 side, particularly highlighting the exceptional performance of the Pairs team, who remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.

As the final bowls rolled and the dust settled, Carlton Cornwall emerged triumphant, claiming the coveted title of champions. Their journey, however, is not over, as they set their sights on the regional Mercedes Cup Finals, poised to conquer new heights.

Well done to Royal Oak for their commendable performance as the Runners-Up, and to all the participating clubs whose passion and dedication made this event a resounding success.

The Auckland 1-5 Year Interclub may have concluded but its sportsmanship, camaraderie, and thrilling competition inspire future generations of bowlers.