District Fours champions
Congratulations to our Open Fours and Senior Fours Champions for 2018. The semi-finals and finals of both events were played at Asquith Bowling Club on Tuesday 29 May.
In the Open Pairs, the final saw Sue Hamilton’s team (Turramurra) take on Eleanor Swain’s team (Belrose), after each had convincingly defeated their Neutral Bay opponents in the semi finals. In the final, the Turramurra team continued the confident form they had displayed in previous rounds and were out to a lead of 17-1 after 9 ends. But as it got later into the afternoon, the pace went off the green and the Belrose players dug deep to claw their way into the game and had the score at 18-11 after the 15th end. The margin was narrowed further over the following few ends, keeping the Belrose hopes alive. Just as it looked as though darkness would prevent the match being finished, the lights on the adjacent sports field came on for football practice and cast enough light over the fence to faintly illuminate the green. So the players finished the 21 ends of play, with Turramurra eventually extending their lead to win 24-17.
Meanwhile in the Senior Fours, it was another Turramurra-Belrose battle in the final, with both teams having overcome teams from Asquith in the morning semi-finals. When the final began, it looked like an evenly-matched tussle on the green; however, despite the Turramurra team (all former Gordon players before that club’s closure six months ago) often holding shot during each end, when the scoreboard was updated it was all going their opponent’s way. After11 ends, Patricia Tan’s Belrose team was leading 17-7; after 17 ends, the score was 23-10. With the lights from the neighbouring sports ground not reaching far enough across the green to cast any light onto their rink, it was probably a relief to all the players when Turramurra conceded after the 20th end, with a final score of 27-12.
The District Champions will now take on the Manly-Warringah District winners at the Region 15 Play-Offs in late July.
Harbourside Zone Triples
Many of our newer bowlers and full-time workers enjoyed participating in this year’s Harbourside Zone Weekend Triples competition. The top-placed teams played in semi-finals and the final on Saturday 26 May, and all the others who had competed over the four previous weekends enjoyed a friendly carnival-style afternoon on the greens at Killara. (It was lovely to see 10-year-old Taylor de Greenlaw, of Neutral Bay BC, playing great lead bowls for the team skipped by her mother Jess.)
The final was played between two Manly-Warringah teams, with the Pittwater “Chalkies” overcoming North Manly’s “Trio” in a game where scores were very close over the last few ends. It was “two in a row” for two of the Pittwater team, Corinne Carter and skip Chris Binfield, who were in the winning team last year.
NORTH SHORE DISTRICT COMMITTEE HAS A NEW LOOK
Our District Committee has their new District Shirts. They will now be easy to identify at District, Regional and State events.
Pictured is the Executive Committee (L-R) Angela Little (Secretary), Sue Hamilton (Chair of Match), Rosemarty Dale (Chair of Social), Bev Piper (Vice President), Annette Renshaw (Treasurer), Julie Hayden (President) Pat Pierson (Chair of Selectors), Di Tracy (Vice President)
PENNANT REGIONAL PLAY-OFFS
CONGRATULATIONS ST. IVES GRADE 4
The Regional play-offs for Pennant were played at Harbord in glorious conditions on Wednesday 9th May. North Shore’s St Ives Grade 4 team won through to the State Play-offs, to be held in August, defeating Mona Vale 42/20, with both rinks carding a win. It was a close fought game early on with the scores equal after 12 ends, however St Ives pulled away to finish with a convincing victory. Congratulations to all players, it was a great team effort!
The winning St Ives Grade 4 team! L-R Di Aston, Jenni Bradley, Anita Hain, Judy Lonsdale, Sue Byrne, Pat Black, Judy Douglas and Lena Pittman.
In the Grade 1 play-off, Harbord played superb bowls to cruise to an easy win over Neutral Bay, 52/22. This will now be the 6th year in a row that Harbord has played in the State Pennant Finals. Congratulations and good luck for August!
The winning Grade 1 Harbord Team
There was no Grade 2 play-off as Manly/Warringah did not field any Grade 2 this year, so North Shore’s Warrawee team automatically went through to the State play-offs.
The Grade 3 play-off was won by Seaforth against Mosman. Seaforth got off to a strong start and were consistent throughout the match. There was a close tussle on one rink, but ultimately Seaforth won both rinks and finished with a decisive 43/28 victory.
The winning Grade 4 Seaforth Team
Patricia Tan wins District Singles
In fine conditions at St Ives on Monday 23 April, the semi-finals and final of the District Singles Championship 2018 were played. Both semi-finals were of very high standard and went down to the wire, with Patricia Tan (Belrose) coming from behind to defeat Michelle Treadwell (also Belrose) 25-24. In the other match, Lou Hamshere (Neutral Bay) defeated her club-mate Jenny Hepburn 25-22.
Lou started the Final in sparkling form and got out to a 9-0 lead, but Patricia slowly clawed her way back, reducing the margin to just one at 9-8. Then the momentum swung back to Lou, who extended her lead to 15-8. Faced with dropping 3 shots on successive ends, Patricia’s last bowl of the end plucked the jack out from very close bowls to take shot and turn the tide again. Winning the next three ends, Patricia had narrowed the margin to trail by only two; then, eventually scores were level at 18-all, and again at 19-all. As long shadows began to draw across the green it was obvious the pace of the green was slowing, which appeared to favour Patricia, who drew out to a lead of 24-19. A close measure all around delivered the shot to Lou, who then opted to keep the jack out in the sun by rolling a shorter length, which suited her perfectly. With Lou holding 3 shots within centimetres of the jack, Patricia played weight but didn’t make contact. Lou covered the back bowls, but this time Patricia didn’t miss and her toucher ran through with the jack, sealing the victory 25-20. The presentation of trophies to the winner and runner-up was made by District Vice Present Bev Piper, in front of a crowd of spectators who had enjoyed a great day of bowls.
Our District gets a uniform
The Finals day for the District Singles Championship gave members of the District Committee an opportunity to show off the new District shirts. L to R: Sue Hamilton (Chair of Match), Anne Cowlishaw (Match Committee), Denise Owen and Helen Stromsmoe (Selectors), Beverley Piper (Vice President) and Billie Maas (Match Committee).
Benita and Patricia win 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 July.
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.
THANK YOU, MANSER TIERNEY & JOHNSTON !!
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