Manawatu's Tim Veale was branded the hot favourite going into the Henselite Singles final, as a result of his success in the 2019 National Singles and second place effort in the 2020 Henselite Singles. However, it was Poverty Bay's Dylan Foster who topped the leaderboard overnight with an unblemished four from four wins. Grant Fortune, Southland, was only half a game behind.
The three games left to play on Saturday morning saw many of the players a live chance to claim the title, though it was North Wellington's Jeff Stuart who had the best opportunity going into the final round. A win against Rodney Morris would have been enough for Stuart, but his Taranaki opponent brought his ‘A’ game to secure a win himself. This gave Morris four wins, one draw, and 55 ends to earn third place.
Grant Fortune remained steady across the two days to produce four wins, two draws and 49.5 ends, while Veale scooped his last four games to accumulate five wins in total plus 52.5 ends. This meant that Fortune took home the silver medal, while Veale achieved the gold.
The tight finish created plenty of excitement around the hall, fitting for a national final. Huge congratulations to Tim on a fine performance.