REGION 15 SINGLES PLAY-OFF
4 June 2021
In our final championship play-off for 2021, Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay) was up against Jenny Roberts (Seaforth). The green had been slowed by heavy rain the day before; Jenny Roberts appeared to find the pace better in the opening ends, scoring the only full count of the game to take the lead 5-3. Jenny Hepburn then scored singles on six consecutive ends to hit the lead, 9-5. However, Jenny Roberts struck back, winning the following six ends to be back in front 14-9. There were some excellent bowls played by both, but Jenny Roberts kept up the pressure with very accurate draw bowling to keep extending her lead, closing out the match 25-13. She progresses to the State Play-Offs at South Tamworth in August.
JENNY HEPBURN WINS DISTRICT SINGLES
2 June 2021
It was a very close-fought District Singles Final at St Ives BC today between Vicki Bartrop (St Ives) and Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay). Neither player ever got very far ahead of the other, with scores eventually reaching 24-all and the spectators on the edge of their seats before Jenny closed out the game 25-24. Jenny has had an exceptional year, making this her third District Championship win for 2021. She will play the Manly-Warringah champion, Jenny Roberts (Seaforth) this Friday 4 June at Belrose BC. Trial ends 9.30am. Full report on the matches later.
NORTH SHORE TEAM WINS STATE CARNIVAL
23 May 2021
Players from three North Shore clubs combined in a “composite team” for the 2021 WBNSW State Carnival this week, powering their way undefeated through 11 matches over the five days to win the event. More than 900 players from across the State entered this year, with the 232 teams divided across 18 Sections playing at 9 venues from Forster to Gloucester.
The team of Elizabeth Blackwell (Neutral Bay), Diane McBryde (St Ives), Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Patricia Tan (Belrose) were “daily winners” in their Section on two of the three days of sectional play. (On the first day, their winning scores were 35-5 and 25-9 which set the tone for the day two, when they won 36-8 and 19-12.) The third day started with another convincing win 29-10, then a draw in the final game saw them miss out on the daily prize by 4 shots. However, they easily took out the overall Section win to progress to the Post-Sectional rounds.
With 18 section winners, the team was unlucky to be amongst four who were drawn to play an additional “knock-out” round, meaning they had to play three games on the Thursday! Up against other Section winners, the team found the competition got harder but they managed to hold through the first games 13-11 and 13-12, before hitting their stride again to take the Quarter-final 18-7. On Friday in their semi-final, the “livestream” cameras captured a strong fight-back against a team from Taree Leagues; after trailing on the scoreboard in the first third of the game, they turned it around to eventually win 26-10 and make their way into the afternoon Final against South Tamworth skipped by Deb Quick. Unfortunately, the weather turned and the Final was plagued with rain stoppages while contestants waited for the lake on the green to recede. It was a tight contest until late in the game, when the North Shore girls opened up a small lead. Finding themselves seven shots ahead with two ends to play, they made sure they didn’t concede multiples and claimed the match 19-14. Champions!!
TRIPLES REGIONAL PLAY-OFF
14 May 2021
In brilliant sunshine but a chilly wind, the North Shore and Manly-Warringah District Triples Champions took to the green at Belrose in the Region 15 Play-Off. In the opening third of the match, the Neutral Bay team of Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Palmer and Jenny Hepburn found the pace of the green better than Harbord’s Benita Andrews, Susan Laidlaw and Virginia Longfellow. In particular, Elizabeth was consistently putting both Lead bowls within a foot of the jack, keeping Harbord under pressure. With the score 8-3 in “The Bay’s” favour, on the 7th end Harbord Skip Virginia drove twice but her bowls ran through the smallest of gaps leaving Elizabeth’s two bowls as shots, 10-3. Another single on the 8th, and Neutral Bay were leading 11-3. On the 9th end, Elizabeth again had both bowls within 8″; however, this time Susan managed to draw the jack away and then draw a second shot. This changed the fortunes of the Harbord team, who then went on to win the next four ends as well, to level the scores 11-11. With Harbord again holding on the 14th end, Neutral Bay skip Jenny Hepburn trailed the jack with her last bowl for a pick-up of 3 shots, 14-11. But Harbord quickly struck back. On the 15th end, Lead Benita drew inside Elizabeth’s by-now-customary close opener to sit only a couple of inches off the jack. Jenny Palmer hit the target with her first bowl but the luck didn’t ride with her, succeeding only in locking the jack onto Benita’s bowl. With her second, she hit again and, although Harbord were still holding, the jack had been sprung out into the open; however, it favoured Harbord, with skip Virginia drawing another shot, 14-13. On the 16th, once again Elizabeth’s bowl was right next to the jack until Susan sat it through for a possible multiple. Jenny Hepburn managed to hit the jack back to one of her own team’s bowls, but Virginia drew within a foot of the jack, a foot short of the ditch, to level the scores again 14-14. By now, the spectators were on the edge of their seats! The 17th end proved decisive for Harbord: after Elizabeth had hit the jack almost out-of-bounds Benita drew right up to it, then Susan drew an equally-impressive second shot. Neutral Bay couldn’t convert the head and, on a measure, Harbord scored 4 shots to hit the lead 18-14. Another 2 shots to Harbord on the 18th end increased their lead and, although Jenny Hepburn played some lovely draw bowls over the closing three ends, Neutral Bay was unable to stop Harbord taking the match 20-18.
The Regional Triples winners will compete in the State Play-Offs at South Tamworth on 23-24 August.
11 May 2021
The Final of the District Triples was played at Turramurra today, between the teams of Julie Dunn, Ngoc Hau and Louise Amos (Killara) and Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Palmer and Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay). In the semi-finals in the morning, the Killara team had defeated the St Ives team skipped by Di McBryde, and Neutral Bay defeated the Belrose team skipped by Billie Maas.
As the final got underway, it appeared that Neutral Bay’s lead Elizabeth was not in quite such sublime form as she had been in the semi’s, and the Killara girls were keeping the scoring very level right up to the halfway-point in the game (with Killara’s score bolstered by a 5 on the 7th end). on the 13th end, Elizabeth tightened her game and skip Jenny Hepburn added to the count, delivering Neutral Bay a multiple to make a mini-breakaway 14-10. But on the 14th, Killara struck back with a 3, to get the margin back to just one. After 19 ends the gap was still only two shots. Then on the 20th, working off Elizabeth’s beautiful leading skip Jenny Hepburn was able to add a third shot, setting the Killara team 5 shots to make on the final end just to send the game into an “extra end”. From the outset on the last end, it was apparent that there was nowhere that Killara could manoeuvre the jack to for 5 or 6 shots; with the pressure off, Jenny drew two lovely shots, to make certain of the win, 23 – 16.
PAIRS REGIONAL PLAY-OFFS
7 May 2021
With both Districts in Region 15 behind schedule in the Open & Senior Fours this week because of wet weather, the finals of the Open Pairs for both North Shore and Manly-Warringah Districts were held at Belrose this morning, with the Region 15 play-off in the afternoon. The RPO was a repeat of last year’s Play-Off, with the Manly-Warringah team of Jacqui Morgan and Jenny Roberts (Seaforth) taking on the North Shore District champions Ngoc Hau & Louise Amos (see story below).
Killara was on the board first, but successive threes to Seaforth saw the visiting team ahead 6-3 after 4 ends. Over the following 12 ends, the opponents all played good, tight bowls, keeping the shot count down to only one or two each end. Every time it looked as though Ngoc and Louise were inching in front, Jacqui and Jenny answered back; however, by the 16th end Ngoc and Louise had a 5-shot lead 16-11. Then Jacqui and Jenny, who were last year’s winners, really pushed hard, scoring a 4 to go into the last end only one shot behind, and then picking up another three on the last end to pull off a come-from-behind victory.
It was a high-quality match which kept the spectators’ interest all afternoon. Jacqui and Jenny will now represent our Region at the State Championships in South Tamworth 29-30 August.
In the Senior Pairs Play-Off, our North Shore Champions Di McBryde and Vicki Bartrop (St Ives) were up against Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell (Newport Beach). After an evenly-matched start to the game, the St Ives pair put together a string of shots in the middle of the game, to take the lead 10-5 after 10 ends. Newport Beach then scored successive singles, but St Ives scored again, to be up 13-7 after 14 ends. A three to Newport Beach then narrowed the margin to 3 shots; however Di and Vicki proved too consistent, winning 5 of the last 6 ends of the game, to win by 20-12. The St Ives Pair will take on the other regional winners 29-30 August in South Tamorth.
OPEN PAIRS CHAMPIONS 2021
7 May 2021
After days of very wet weather, the sun made an occasional appearance today for the final of our Open Pairs between Elizabeth Blackwell & Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Ngoc Hau & Louise Amos (Killara). Ngoc and Louise were the defending champions, but the two teams were trading shot for shot until Louise’s team scored a 6 on the 10th end, to get out to an 11-6 lead. In response, Elizabeth and Louise picked up 7 shots in the following three ends, to get their noses in front 13-11. Undeterred, Ngoc and Louise scored three shots on the following end to regain the lead by the slimmest of margins, then a single to their opponents saw the score level 14-14 with three ends to play. Successive singles saw Killara in front by two going into the last end. With Neutral Bay only able to manage a single shot, Killara claimed back-to back titles, 16-15.
SENIOR PAIRS CHAMPIONS 2021
5 May 2021
Congratulations to Di McBryde and Vicki Bartrop (St Ives) on being our Senior Pairs champions for 2021, defeating Brenda Walker and Gill Barton (Neutral Bay) today 19-9. All players persevered through wet weather on the first day at Mosman BC, and again at Belrose today. It was back-to-back wins for Diane, having won last year with Shizuko Hashimoto (sub Jan Woodcock). It also makes 3-in-a-row Senior Pairs wins for St Ives, with Vicki having previously won in 2019 with Sue Byrne as her Lead. Our champions will take on the champions from Manly-Warringah in the Region 15 Play-Off this Friday 7 May, 9.30am at Belrose BC, with the winner booking a spot in the State Play-Offs in August at South Tamworth.
Pennant RPO results
28 April 2021
Congratulations to our North Shore players on taking out the regional Pennant play-offs in Grades 1, 2 & 3 at Harbord today!
In a close-fought game in Grade 1, Belrose defeated the “home side” Harbord 35-29, aided by a 6 in the last end to one of our teams (who were never in front until then!!) In Grade 2, Jackie Wilson’s Asquith team dominated from the beginning, aiding Asquith’s eventual win over Harbord 48-29. And in Grade 3, Asquith pulled off a close win against Dee Why, to send two of their sides through to the State Play-Offs. In Grade 4, the home side Harbord made sure Manly-Warringah District didn’t go home empty-handed, defeating Asquith 45-34. The Region winners will head to the Kingscliff area for the State play-offs in September.
North Shore & Manly-Warringah share Fours RPO honours
12 March 2021
A large crowd of spectators was treated to some great bowling at the Regional Play-Off of the Open Fours and Senior Fours today.
In the Open Fours, the Dee Why team of Jan Chad, Nannette Crawshay, Clare Turner and Sue McFadden were on the board first, leading 5-0 after the first three ends. But then the Neutral Bay team of Elaine Seidler, Jenny Palmer, Kate Wingrove and Jenny Hepburn picked up consecutive fours to take the lead 8-5. From that point onwards, Neutral Bay lead all the way: they picked up multiples and conceded only singles on their way to a 24-12 victory, and have booked themselves a spot in the State Championships to be played at South Tamworth in the last week of August.
In the Senior Fours, the Belrose team of Lorraine Fevre, Kaye Alderton, Louise Hamshere and Patricia Tan were evenly matched at first against the Newport Beach team of Lyn Walden, Marie Barry, Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell, with scores level at 2-2 after three ends and 7-7 after 10. When it looked as though Newport Beach was pulling away, a pair of two’s to Belrose saw them trail by only one shot after 15 ends 11-12, and remain in touch at 13-15 going into the last end. But with Belrose holding match, the Newport third dragged the jack back about 1.5 metres to be holding four. Despite Belrose skip Patricia’s efforts, she was unable to extract the jack from its position and Newport picked up 5 to take the match 20-13.
District Fours champions 2021
9 March 2021
Our first women’s championships of 2021 were completed today at West Pymble, with the Neutral Bay team skipped by Jenny Hepburn making it back-to-back Open Fours titles after defeating Sue Hamilton’s Turramurra team 28-11, and Patricia Tan’s team from Belrose going back-to-back in the Senior Fours, defeating Sue Tully’s team from Asquith 29-11. Full results from the competitions under “Draws/Results”. Our winners will take on the Manly-Warringah champions in the Region 15 Play-Offs this Friday 12 March at Belrose (Trial Ends 9.30a.m.), with Jenny’s team up against Jan Chad, Nanette Crawshay, Clare Turner and Sue McFadden (Dee Why) in the Open Fours, and Patricia’s team taking on Lyn Walden, Marie Barry, Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell Newport Beach) in the Seniors. Good luck to our representatives!
North Shore players qualify for Aust Indoor Singles
20 February 2021
Congratulations to the three North Shore players who have qualified to contest the Australian Indoor Singles, after the WBNSW preliminary rounds last weekend at Warilla. Di McBryde (St Ives), Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Elizabeth Blackwell (also Neutral Bay) won their sections in the opening rounds, then won their knockout post-sectional games to book spots at the Australian Indoor Singles Championships at Tweed Heads in August.
Midori and Kenta win Region 15 Mixed Pairs
Congratulations to Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Kenta Treacher (North Sydney) who today booked themselves a spot in the 2021 State Mixed Pairs Championships, to be held at South Tamworth in August. Midori and Kenta were involved in very close games in both the North Shore District final and the Regional Play-Off. Despite the cool and damp conditions, top bowling was on display, especially in the afternoon RPO.
In the North Shore final, the teams looked evenly matched from the outset so it was no surprise that, with 12 of the 15 ends completed, the scoreboard read 9-8 in favour of David Blackwell (Turramurra) and Elizabeth Blackwell (Neutral Bay). It wasn’t until Midori took the jack back on the 13th end, for 2 shots, that her team hit the lead for the first time in the match. On the 14th end, it was David’s turn to move the jack and, with no bowls close, it became a drawing contest for the skips. After Kenta’s bowl finished 40cm in front of the jack, Elizabeth played onto the bowl and sprang the jack yet again; however, Kenta still had shot with one of his back bowls and held the lead 11-9. On the final end, the shot was traded back and forth. When the Leads went to the mat for the last time, David and Elizabeth were holding one but needing two to keep the match alive. However Midori hit in one of Kenta’s bowls for shot and, despite Elizabeth’s best efforts, the bowl remained. Kenta wisely declined to play his last bowl, taking the win 12-9.
As the Region 15 Play-Off started after lunch, so did the rain with a cool breeze from the south; however, the spectators anticipated plenty of heat from the bowling and they weren’t disappointed. Linda and Terry Warder (Harbord) carried their fine form from the Manly-Warringah final (against fellow Harbord bowlers Sandy Healey & Hale Banfield) into the RPO and Midori and Kenta cranked their game up a notch to match them bowl-for-bowl. With six ends completed, the score stood at 4-3 to Midori and Kenta. However, the seventh end proved a problem for the North Shore team; after the opposing Lead played her opening bowl on the wrong bias, Midori opened with a bowl 6 metres short of jack and had to displayed her ability to correct, drawing close with her second. However, Terry had other ideas; he wrested out Midori’s bowl to hold three shots, then added another. Kenta, surprisingly, dropped both his last bowls well short and conceded 4 shots, putting Harbord in front 7-4. Howevere, the North Shore pair looked unperturbed, picking up three successive singles to level at 7-7 after 10 ends. After a single to Harbord on the 11th, Kenta endeavoured to take out Harbord’s best bowl to make a multiple on the 12th and really throw down the challenge. He missed, but still scored one shot to level the scores 8-8, then 2 more on the 13th put Midori and Kenta ahead 10-8. By the 14th end, things were really hotting up — already holding shot, Midori made a decisive move wresting out a Harbord bowl to hold three shots; Linda then hit the jack back and it was hard to tell who was holding, until Kenta drew with perfect weight. After inspecting the head, Terry played a positive bowl with controlled weight, successfully removing Kenta’s shot bowl and making a count of three, which took Harbord into the last end one shot in the lead. In a display of top-class bowls, all four players fought to come up with the win. Midori got a nice rub off a front bowl to arrive right in front of the jack but, when the skips went to the mat for the last time, North Shore was holding only that one shot and needing two for the win. Terry disturbed the head but it was possibly still one shot to North Shore. Then Kenta played an excellent draw to trail the jack slightly, tucking it “round the corner” slightly and locking it between two of his own bowls. Terry’s final bowl unfortunately clipped front traffic and ran away from the shot bowls, leaving Midori and Kenta victorious 12-11 and the spectators exhausted!