REGION 15 PENNANT WINNERS
7 May 2019
It was a magnificent day at St Ives today for the Region 15 Pennant play-off. With a huge spectator contingent supporting the players, the games between the North Shore District and Manly-Warringah District champions were played in blazing sunshine and the merest puff of breeze. In Grades 2 and 3, the Manly-Warringah sides made strong starts and never looked under threat with Newport Beach defeating Asquith in Grade 2, and Harbord defeating Killara in Grade 3. The Grade 4 contest between Belrose and Manly also looked to be going Manly’s way, but with so many of their supporters (plus the club mascot) on the sidelines, the Belrose girls rallied and staged a steady comeback. However, just when it looked as though the home side might still be in with a chance, a couple of lovely conversions from the Manly ladies sealed their fate. The Grade 1 match saw this year’s rendition of the annual arm-wrestle between Harbord and Neutral Bay. Harbord was in front until the 17th end, when Neutral Bay finally took a one-shot lead. With no more than 2 shots separating them over the next few ends and the advantage fluctuating, it was a cliff-hanger … then on the 21st end, the Neutral Bay team skipped by Midori Matsuoka — trailing by 5 on their rink at that time — made one last push towards the finish line, scoring a 4 and sealing their side’s victory by four shots overall. It was the only victory for the home sides from North Shore District in this year’s play-off. Manly-Warringah took the rest, with Newport Beach winning Grade 2 over Asquith; Harbord defeating Killara in Grade 3; and Manly overcoming Belrose in Grade 4. The Regional winners now progress to the State Play-Offs in August in the far north of the State at Kingscliff, Pottsville, Cabarita Beach and Cudgen Leagues.
COACHING CLINIC A SUCCESS
5 May 2019
Thirty eight North Shore District players attended a coaching clinic offered by the District at Mosman Bowling Club on Sunday 5 May. A great mix of new and experienced bowlers came along, all eager to learn! The head coach of WBNSW, Kathy Chattillon, ran a most entertaining and informative clinic, assisted by seven accredited coaches – Lynne Thompson and Sharon McReynolds (who travelled from Newcastle for the day!), Jenny Palmer, Corinne Crouch, Helen Stromsmoe, Michelle Treadwell and Julie Hayden. The morning session on the green was very well received, with all participants enjoying the challenges set for them. Unfortunately after lunch the rain set in. Undaunted by this glitch, Kathy gave an extremely thorough, and sometimes very funny, description of the role of the different positions in a pennant team. We then all retired upstairs to the billiard room to have some fun using billiard balls instead of bowls to show the different alternatives when reading a head, and deciding on the best shot to play. Everyone had a very enjoyable day and will certainly have plenty to think about when they next step on the green! We have another clinic coming up at Asquith on Sunday 23 June. Spaces are still available for any North Shore bowlers interested (contact Julie Hayden.) Fingers crossed the weather is a little kinder next time!
BELROSE PRESENTED WITH GRADE 4 PENNANT
2 May 2019
District President Julie Hayden presented the Grade 4 Pennant flag at Belrose today to the excited winners — at least three-quarters of whom had never previously won a Pennant or other District event. A large number of Belrose club members turned out to watch as the winning side were presented with their Pennant Pins, and then the flag.
BELROSE TAKES OUT BOTH THE OPEN AND SENIOR FOURS
30 April 2019
The weather was fine again today for the final day of the District Fours. The semi-finals of the Open Fours were played in the morning, with the Killara team of Susie Meares (sub for Anne Rands), Julie Dunn, Ngoc Hau and Louise Amos defeating Gwen Butters, Louise Cook, Diane Kent and Eleanor Swain of Belrose, and in the other match the Belrose team of Lorraine Hazzard, Kay King, Michelle Treadwell and Benita Andrews defeated Taylor de Greenlaw, Bev Piper, Elaine Seidler and Jess de Greenlaw (Neutral Bay). With the semi-finals of the Senior Fours event having been played the previous afternoon, both finals took place this afternoon. In the Open Fours, the Belrose team staked their claim to the title with a score of 6 on the first end, and had extended their lead to 18-4 by the halfway mark. The Killara ladies fought hard, but couldn’t stop the momentum of the Belrose team who won the match 27-13. In the Senior Fours final, it was a very even match early in the game, but the Belrose team had opened up a 7-shot lead at the halfway mark. Then the St Ives team began to conquer the flukey wind, and whittled down the margin to be only 2 behind with two ends to play. Two shots to Belrose gave them a 4-shot lead going into the last end. However when the skips went to play their last bowls St Ives was already holding 4 to force an extra end; but it was not to be … the Belrose skip got her bowls into the circle of St Ives shots cutting them back to one, for Belrose to claim the match 18-15.
Our District champions will play off against the Manly-Warringah champions in July to see who progresses to the State Finals.
ASQUITH PRESENTED WITH GRADE 2 PENNANT
District President Julie Hayden and Vice President Di Tracy had great pleasure in presenting the Asquith side with the Grade 2 Pennant flag and pennant pins today. Many of the Asquith ladies were on hand to celebrate with the winners and witness the flag raised to fly proudly at the club.
NEUTRAL BAY PRESENTED WITH GRADE 1 PENNANT
Tuesday 16 April
Well done to Neutral Bay, who were today presented with the Grade 1 Pennant. This season’s win makes 15 in a row for The Bay, and 17 Grade 1 flags for The Bay, with Jenny Palmer having the distinction of having participated in all of them!! After playing their final game of the season at Mosman today, with the Pennant already “in the bag”, the Neutral Bay ladies were presented with their Pennant Pins and the flag by District President, Julie Hayden. The victorious side were also able to show off their new club shirts!
Asquith victorious in Grade 2
Asquith went into the last round of Pennants needing a draw or better to claim the flag over their nearest rival, Belrose. The Belrose side managed to score the full 5 points today, but their hopes were dashed when results from the other venues came in, revealing Asquith had indeed drawn their match against Neutral Bay, putting them one point ahead to win the Pennant. The ladies are now looking forward to being presented with the flag and their individual Pennant Pins.
Killara wins the Grade 3 Pennant
Tuesday 9 April
Well done to Killara on winning the Post-Sectional Play-Off against Lindfield Rollers today, to claim the Pennant in Grade 3. Killara had the distinction of having gone through the regular season undefeated, and had an emphatic win today 70-25 to claim the flag. The Killara ladies will compete against the Manly-Warringah champions next month to see who goes through to the State Play-Offs.
Belrose wins Grade 4
Belrose went into Round 10 of the Pennant competition needing a draw or better, in order to claim the Grade 4 flag outright. Their nearest rivals, Warrawee, had their Round 3 match postponed because of rain, and would still have had an opportunity to win the season if Belrose had lost today. However, the Belrose ladies had their eyes firmly on the prize and achieved a decisive win against Forestville today to leave Warrawee with no chance of catching them. They will be very excited to receive their Pins and Flag when the presentation is made.
BELROSE WINS UNDER 5 YEARS COMPETITION
The inaugural “Under 5 Years” competition for North Shore District has been won by Belrose, who claimed the trophy by winning 5 of their 6 matches. This is the first time we have run an “Under 5’s” event in conjunction with the Pennant season since the District merger just over four years ago. Club-selected Fours teams were entered by Asquith, Belrose, Neutral Bay and Turramurra, with Belrose finishing on 15 points and Asquith and Turramurra sharing 2nd place on 9 points.
The Belrose squad included three full-time workers who took part in the games scheduled for Saturdays, with others playing in the mid-week games. In total, nine Belrose players took part. With one round having been washed out during the season, that match was played on Saturday 6 April between Turramurra and Belrose and attracted quite an amount of spectator interest as Turramurra had to defeat Belrose by a large margin to claim the season win. It started as a very level contest; however Lorraine Fevre playing 2nd for Belrose started getting her bowls in around the jack, and the Belrose girls opened up a lead 12-3 at the 9th end. Just when it looked as though the game might get away from Turramurra, it became a “battle of the 2nds”, with Jan Braund for Turramurra also finding her range. The standard of play really ramped up, with several spectators commenting that their own spots in Pennant teams were looking under threat from the newer players! Turramurra fought hard, but their hopes of winning a multiple shot-count were dashed many times over by the Belrose 3rd Dale drawing in, or skip Janet making conversions. And “up front” the newest player on the green Leisa, who had become “a bowler” only a few weeks before the comp began, stayed steady to help her team to their 24-21 win. District Vice President Di Tracy was on hand to present the trophy to the five members of the winning squad present on the day (pictured above). (The other Belrose ladies who had played during the season were Judy Johnson, Pam Cuthbert, Paula Simes and Gill Gorrick.)
Well done to all the players from the clubs that participated this year — let’s hope we can keep this competition going in future years.
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DI McBRYDE WINS DISTRICT SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Di McBryde from St Ives won the District Singles Championship from Killara’s Susie Meares 25/17 in a hard fought final at Forestville Bowling Club on Monday 4th March.
The semi-finals began at Forestville on a beautiful sunny morning with a light breeze. In the first semi- Di McBryde (St Ives) got off to a good start against Judy Le Gras (Warringah) picking up 3 shots, and then trailing the jack close to the ditch with her first bowl of the second end, securing a single. After three ends, Di was leading 7-0. Then Judy packed all 4 bowls around the jack on the 4th end, getting her into the game 4-7, then adding singles on each of the following ends to make the score 7-6 to Di. Both players kept their draw games going; however, Di began to steadily open up her lead, getting the score out to 20-9. With Di looking set to claim the match, Judy came up with terrific final bowls on at least three occasions to keep the game alive at 15-24, before Di got the final shot she needed.
In the other semi between Susie Meares (Killara) and Louise Hamshere (Neutral Bay), Susie drew a close shot on each of the first two ends, then Louise drew a single on each of the next 2 ends, to level at 2-all. After 6 ends of single scores, Susie was leading 4-2. A measure for the first possible multiple of the game on the 7th resulted in yet another single for Susie, 5-2. Finally on the 8th end there was a 2 to Louise, bringing the score to 5-4 to Susie. A couple of ends later, when Louise had nailed the jack with her opening bowl, Susie drew past danger even closer with a later bowl, for 8-6. The standard of drawing by both remained high and scoring again increased by singles, until Louise claimed the lead 9-8. Then, with scores level at 9-9, an umpire measure on the 3rd shot resulted in 2 to Louise, to again lead 11-9. Louise made good conversions on consecutive ends, but in the second case Susie countered with an immaculate draw to take shot and get within 1 of Louise on the scoreboard. When leading 14-12, Louise moved the jack to pick up a 2 and open up the biggest lead in the game to that point, 16-12; but again Susie countered with two on the next end, to lie 14-16. Through another series of singles, the 2-shot margin persisted, before Susie drew 2 shots to level the scores 18-all, and then scored on the next two ends to be up 21-18. Louise struck back with a 2, 21-20, but then Susie scored the only score of the match greater than 2, picking up 3 to lead 24-20. She took that momentum into the following end, but Louise managed to wedge her second bowl between Susie’s and the jack, which remained for 21-24. On the final end, Susie was lying two when Louise played weight and sliced the jack. However, the jack ran beyond Louise’s other 3 bowls to lie closer to Susie’s “covering” bowl, delivering the win to Susie 25-21.
Di McBryde and Susie Meares followed up their semi-final wins of the morning with the final in the afternoon at Forestville. Fortunately there was a pleasant breeze to keep them a little cooler than in the morning games.
Di started in great form, taking the jack back on the first end to get 3 shots. Di then drew out to a 13/1 lead as Susie struggled to master the shorter ends Di was rolling. Eventually Susie took out one of Di’s bowls to get 3 more shots on the board and she rolled the jack to full length, and then proceeded to put her bowl 6 inches from the jack, only to have Di draw in and get shot! Susie replied to again take the shot, and Di couldn’t respond this time – what an exciting end. With the score was 13/7, Susie got one shot on the next two ends, but Di drew two shots on the following end and once again brought the mat up. She won the next two ends to make the score 19/8. Undeterred, Susie put two great bowls down next to the jack to win the next end and back went the mat with the score 19/10. Susie drew her last bowl to go to 19/11, but Di responded with a great on shot on the next end to get shot and, despite Susie putting down a beautiful bowl, held on to get the mat once again at 20/11. But Susie was determined and put her first bowl on the jack and then drew in second shot, but Di came in and took out Susie’s bowl and sat the jack! Susie had one bowl left, took aim and went for it – the jack went back and almost out of bounds, and Susie scored 4 shots! Susie then picked up two on the next end and it was 20/17. What a match!
Susie rolled the jack to a shorter length and this gave Di an opportunity as she had been winning this length, and she jumped in with the two closest bowls, with Susie only having one bowl left. Susie was so close to taking the shot bowl, but just missed, and Di drew in for the third shot! 23/17. Di drew the perfect shot to sit one centimetre in front of the jack and then drew the second shot. Susie’s final bowl only just missed – the match was Di’s.
It was a fantastic match and all credit must go to both players. Susie has only been playing bowls for three years and is certainly a star in the making. Di has been a great contributor to bowls over the years, both at club and District levels. It is wonderful to see her hard work on and off the green rewarded with this well deserved victory!
SENIOR PAIRS WINNERS – Sue Byrne and Vicki Bartrop
27 February 2019
It was a beautiful day at Chatswood BC for the final of this year’s District Senior Pairs played between Sue Byrne and Vicki Bartrop of St Ives, and newcomers Caroline Duhigg and Robyn Novakovic of Mosman — both of whom have been playing for only 15 months! The St Ives team made a big statement early, trailing the jack close to the ditch and drawing several more bowls in, to take 5 on the 2nd end. However, the Mosman players demonstrated how they had earned a place in the final, levelling scores at 6-all after 6 ends, and then opening up a 6-shot lead 12-6. But a string of multiples to St Ives saw them overtake Mosman and, after 10 ends, St Ives were leading 17-12. With Sue and Vicki looking set to claim another multiple count, Robyn then returned to her “dead-draw” form of the earlier rounds of the championship to claim shot. Having set a shorter length, Robyn again played a beautiful dead-draw with her final bowl to get Mosman within 3 shots on the scoreboard after 14 ends. After the 17th, there was still a difference of only 3, with the score at 21-18. The 18th end saw the position change with almost every bowl from the two skips — with Mosman holding shot, Vicki took the jack back for a potential count of 3, but Robyn countered by playing weight and taking the jack into the ditch, with her toucher 15″ away, narrowing the margin to only two, 21-19. After nerves appeared to kick in and both Leads mis-rolled the jack, the 19th end was played “ditch to ditch” which suited Sue’s games perfectly, and she made all three of her bowls count for St Ives to pull away to 24-19. Rolling the jack long again on the 20th, Sue had the better of the leading contest and St Ives were holding two when Robyn trailled the jack; unfortunately, it sliced away from her bowl, giving St Ives 2 shots and the match, 26-19. Spectators were most impressed with the abilities and passion for the sport demonstrated by the new Mosman players; however, with multiple District- and Regional-champion Vicki skipping the team, the greater experience of the St Ives players brought them home (even though lead Sue still qualifies as an Under 5 years player herself)!
See Draws/Results for scores from all rounds.
OPEN PAIRS WINNERS – Jeyam Siva and Billie Maas
Sunday 24 February
Today saw some great bowling in the semi finals and final of the District Open Pairs. Both semi finals had the scores even with only a few ends to go. In the match between Jeyam Siva and Billie Maas from Belrose and Emma Brown and Anne Coleman from North Sydney, North Sydney took the early lead but Jeyam and Billie gradually inched their way closer and played some great bowls over the last few ends to clinch the match. Similarly in the other semi final, Marilyn Brenner and Sue Hamilton from Turramurra played some fabulous bowls to be even on the scoreboard, but were just pipped on the last few ends to go down to Jess de Greenlaw and Jenny Hepburn from Neutral Bay.
The final was a cracker of a game. Neutral Bay got away to good start, but Jeyam and Billie just kept drawing close to the jack and one by one closed the gap on the score board. After 15 ends the scores were even and the spectators were full of anticipation for a nail biting finish. No one imagined what was about to happen! On the 16th end Neutral Bay was holding shot with Billie having one bowl to play. Belrose had the next six bowls around the jack. Drum Roll —- ta ta —-yes, Billie took out the shot bowl to give Belrose seven shots !!!!! Neutral Bay managed to get shot on each of the last two ends, to make the final margin 5 in favour of Billie and Jeyam.
Congratulations to all players in this event. Nearly every match played was very close and of a high standard. Many thanks to Lane Cove and Lindfield Rollers for hosting the matches on the weekend so we could accommodate our working women.
See Draws/Results for full results.
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