BOP join top of the NZ Women’s Interprovincials

Caitlin Maurice. Photo: NZ Golf.

Bay of Plenty have made a statement on day three of the New Zealand Women’s Interprovincials held at Akarana Golf Club today.

They’ve joined the four-time defending champions Auckland on top of the ladder after five rounds of the women’s event, setting up a showdown with the tournament favourites tomorrow afternoon.

Bay of Plenty defeated Aorangi 5-0 to equal Auckland up the top of the ladder after they beat Canterbury 3.5-1.5 this morning. Canterbury have now fallen into fifth place.

The BOP are looking just as strong as the most successful team in the competition Auckland, having only dropped one and a half games up until to this point in the competition.

They’ll have a tricky task in North Harbour tomorrow morning who are sitting just a single game point back of the tournament leaders and are also undefeated.

North Harbour had two halves in their tight tussle with last year’s runners up Manawatu-Whanganui; their only point lost up to this point in the tightly contested competition.

They won 4-1 to further establish themselves as a force come the latter stages of the event.

Wellington have secured fourth place heading into the final day of round robin as they had a half with Taranaki.

They have the daunting task of playing Auckland tomorrow morning followed by North Harbour in the afternoon.

The top three teams in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and North Harbour should be safe for the semi finals with a team win at any point tomorrow, while Canterbury and Wellington duel for the final position during their final two matches.

With five teams playing for the top four spots, an intriguing scene has been set for the final day of round robin tomorrow.

Play gets underway from 7.30am.

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Round 5

Wellington 2.5 Taranaki 2.5 Darae Chung lost to Hollie Winter 1up, Erika Cui def Lucinda Searle 4/3, Yewoo Hyun halved with Debbie McCallum, Dakota Asi lost to Joanna McDonald 4/3, Charlotte Gillespie def Rochelle Keegan 3/1

Manawatu-Whanganui 1 North Harbour 4 Tara Raj lost to Eunseo Choi 1up, Lisa Herbert halved with Anna An, Brydie Hodge lost to Yeonsoo Son 5/3, Sera Raj halved with Amy Im, Natalie Lyttle lost to Vaha Fapiano 5/4

Waikato Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay Tessa McDonald def Robyn Pellow 3/2, Janie Field lost to Sian Stevenson 5/3, Martha Manaena def Taimana Ngakuru, Clare Choi lost to Jennifer Kerr 1up, Aseri Miekle def Gemma Towers 5/3

Auckland 3 ½ - Canterbury 1 ½

Vivian Lu def Momoka Kobori 3/2, Fiona Xu def Hillary O’Connor 4/2, Carmen Lim halved with Maddie May, Caryn Khoo def Catherine Bell 4/3, Grace Jung lost to Amy Weng 1 down

Bay of Plenty 5 – Aorangi 0

Caitlin Maurice def Lynda Brown 5/4, Alanna Campbell def Ginny Bolderston 6/4, Jessica Green def Rachel Eder 2/1, Taylor-Rose Perrett def Marg Coughlan 5/3, Heather Keefe def Sharon Bradford 5/4

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