Benita and Patricia win District Senior Pairs
Making it a “Belrose Double” this week, the club’s Benita Andrews and Patricia Tan have claimed the Senior Pairs Championship, only days after another Belrose team took out the Open Pairs event. Benita and Patricia took on Turramurra’s Jan Martin and Jenny Wallis in the final and, from the opening ends, continued the good form they have displayed all week. Benita, in particular, drew close to the jack with her opening bowl on most of the ends, putting their opponents under pressure. Because of this, it took a few ends for Turramurra to get on the scoreboard; once they got underway, Jan and Jenny played some lovely bowls but were frequently taken out again as the Belrose players stretched out their lead to claim the match 21 – 6. (It had been the same story in all their previous rounds — over the four matches, Benita and Patricia conceded an average of only 8 shots per game!) They will now contest the Region 15 play-off in July.
Michelle and Billie win District Open Pairs
In a very close-fought final at Lindfield, Michelle Treadwell and Billie Maas (Belrose) defeated Emma Brown and Anne Coleman (North Sydney) by 1 shot. Michelle and Billie got off to a good start, but Emma and Anne fought their way back into the game and, once scores were levelled, the teams stayed within 2 shots for the remainder of the game. Trailling by 1 going into the last end, the Belrose team found themselves 1-up then, with her last bow, Michelle drew within 15cm of a jack that was well off-centre at the back of the rink. Despite Anne knocking up one of her own team’s bowls in her final attempt to get shot, it looked to be 2 to Belrose so Billie elected not to play her final bowl. The measure proved it was a count of 2, and Belrose took the game. (This was the third game in a row that the Belrose pair had won by 1-shot: their first game was won by 2!!)
It was great to see the North Sydney team competing in a District championship, made possible by the move to weekend play.
Our District champions have booked themselves a spot in the Regional Play-Off, to be played towards the end of August.
ANNE & STEVE COLEMAN – MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONS
The Semi-final and Final rounds of the WBNSW Mixed Pairs Championships for North Shore District were held at Belrose BC on Sunday 18 March, followed by the Region 15 Play-Off. Despite the hot and blustery conditions, the competitors put on a display of top-quality bowling, reflecting the high-class field who entered this year’s event — especially notable for the number of Grade 1&2 men’s pennant players who participated. After the previous Sunday’s sectional round-robin, the field had been whittled down to four teams for the semi-finals. Continuing the short-game sets-play format, Anne and Steve won their semi in straight sets over Kay King (Belrose) & Wayne (“Moose”) Morris of Forestville RSL. The other semi-final, featuring Eve & Matthew Blackburn (Belrose), and Denise Owen (Mosman) with Sam Owen (North Sydney), went down to the wire, with Denise and Sam winning in a one-end tie-breaker. The final also saw the opponents win one set apiece, sending that game into a tie-breaker as well. With Denise putting in a seemingly match-winning bowl early and Sam adding to the count, Steve made two attempts to move the jack but missed narrowly. However, his final attempt found its target, trailling the jack to claim two shots and the District championship.
Then, Anne and Steve took on the Manly-Warringah District Mixed Pairs Champions Jane Gibson (North Manly) and John Churchyard (Harbord). By that time, the temperature had hit the mid-30s, although it was moderated by the dry, blustery nor-wester. Many promising-looking bowls were pushed well off course by the wind, causing considerable frustration to the players. After the Manly-Warringah pair had taken the first set, the Colemans struck back in the second, forcing yet another tie-breaker; and once again, with the opponents holding shot for the match, Steve made a conversion to claim victory. Anne and Steve were presented with their District trophies and also the Regional medallions by our District President Julie Hayden, who commented that it was great to see so many “weekend-only” players in the championship, and especially good to have had two full-time working women in the Regional final. The Colemans have secured a spot in the State Championships, to be played at Taren Point in September.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 PENNANT WINNERS
Winners have now been found in each of the Pennant Grades for 2018:
GRADE 1 – NEUTRAL BAY
GRADE 2 – WARRAWEE
GRADE 3 – MOSMAN
GRADE 4 – ST IVES
Neutral Bay, Mosman and St Ives will play the Manly-Warringah District Pennant winners in the Region 15 Play-Off on 9 May; Warrawee progress straight through to the State Play-Offs on the Central Coast later in the year, courtesy of no Manly-Warringah clubs contesting Grade 2 this year!
Grade 1 Pennant Winners – Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay Grade1 Pennant winners : Jenny Palmer (skip), Midori Matsuoka, Elizabeth Blackwell, Elaine Seidler, Jenny Hepburn (skip), Maggie Jay, Lesley Szumylo, Louise Hamshere
Grade 2 Pennant winners – Warrawee
Heather Lovell (skip), Sue O’Keefe, Robin Howard, Helen Bailey, Joy Beattie (skip) June Moy, Agita Fraser, Annette
Grade 3 Pennant Winners – Mosman
Grade 4 Pennant winners – St. Ives
THANK YOU, MANSER TIERNEY & JOHNSTON !!
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