Major-Minor Pairs champions for 2018

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Major-Minor Pairs winners Denise Powell and Vicki Sawtell (Newport Beach), with runners-up Linda Warder and Grace Costanzo (Harbord )

Congratulations to the Newport Beach team of Denise Powell  (subbing in the Finals for Chris Hastie) and Vicki Sawtell, who have won the inaugural Major-Minor Pairs competition played across the North Shore and Manly-Warringah Districts. The comp attracted 26 teams, who all played 6 games over three Saturdays, with the top 8 teams from the preliminary rounds progressing to the Finals on 15 September. In the “seeded” finals draw, there were a few surprises when the top seeds were defeated in the first round. With prizes on offer to all finalists, winners played winners to determine the teams that would progress to the “gold medal match”, while losers played losers to settle the overall placings. The two teams that had won their “semi-final” games then competed against each other for the title, in an “all Northern Beaches” final: Linda Warder and Grace Costanzo (Harbord) versus Denise Powell (filling in for the absent Chris Hastie) and Vicki Sawtell (Newport Beach). Scores were close throughout, with the Harbord pair up by 1 with two ends to play, then up by 2 going into the last end. When Harbord lead Linda Warder put her second bowl around 8cm in front of the jack, it looked to be unbeatable. However, spectators knew Newport Beach skip Vicki Sawtell would do her utmost to dislodge the shot bowl. After missing with her first weighted shot, she connected with her second, pushing the Harbord bowl away and bringing two of her own lead’s bowls into play. Her opponent’s last bowl held out in the stiff wind, leaving Vicki with a chance to draw a third shot for the victory. Although short of the jack, it survived the measure, giving the game to the Newport Beach team 13-12.


The Annual General Meeting for North Shore District was held at Belrose Bowling Club on Monday 27th August 2018.  Following the meeting many ladies chose to take the opportunity to a catch up with old and new friends and stay for a delicious Chinese buffet lunch.




North Shore District has won the Jean McKinnon Shield from Manly-Warringah, who had held the trophy for the past three years.  The event was played at St Ives Bowling Club in beautiful weather on Monday 30th July 2018, and players and officials were treated to wonderful hospitality from the St Ives members.  North Shore drew ahead early in the first game, however Manly-Warringah clawed their way back to be only a few shots behind at the lunch break.  Once again North Shore got off to a great start in the second game, but as the final ends drew closer the difference narrowed.  However North Shore could feel their hands on the shield and held tight to come away with a comfortable win.


Skips of the winning North Shore teams proudly display the Jean McKinnon Shield


North Shore players in the Jean McKinnon Shield 2018


North Shore and Manly-Warringah players before the 2018 match



Belrose off to State Play-Offs in Triples


Region 15 Triples champions Billie Maas, Daphne Menzies and Margaret Murphy (Belrose)

Congratulations to Billie Maas, Daphne Menzies and Margaret Murphy (Belrose) who won the Region 15 Triples and will now compete at the State finals in September. Billie also won the Open Pairs at the Regional Play-Off this week, and Margaret was also in the winning Senior Fours team skipped by Patrica Tan. The Belrose supporters were out in force once again and did a great job over the three days at Mona Vale, cheering three of their teams to victory!  They are gearing up for the State Championships already. Well done Belrose!

Harbord takes out Regional Singles


Congratulations to Virginia Longfellow (Harbord) who defeated Patricia Tan (Belrose) in the Regional Singles play-off, 25-12.  Patricia played on all three days of the Region 15 Play-offs, skipping the winning Senior Fours team,  just losing the Regional Senior Pairs by one shot, and putting up a fine effort in the Singles.  Well done Patricia for getting to three Regional finals!

Billie and Michelle Win Through in Open Pairs 


Region 15 Open Pairs winners Billie Maas and Michelle Treadwell (Belrose)

Congratulations to Billie Maas and Michelle Treadwell (Belrose) for winning the Region 15 Open Pairs at Mona Vale on Wednesday 25th July.  The sun was shining and the greens were fast, and Billie and Michelle relished these conditions.  Their opponents, Trish Eckford and Jo Freeman from Seaforth, put up a valiant effort but were no match for the consistent bowling of the Belrose pair who came away with a decisive win to take them through to the State Championships in September.


Open Pairs runners-up Trish Eckford and Jo Freeman (Seaforth) at left, with winners Billie Maas and Michelle Treadwell (Belrose)


Harbord Wins Regional Senior Pairs


Regional Senior Pairs winners Barbara Green and Susan Laidlaw of Harbord (left) with runners-up Benita Andrews and Patricia Tan (Belrose)

Harbord came out winners in a close-fought match in the Regional Senior Pairs play-off at Mona Vale.  The scores were even after 14 ends, however Harbord scored a 5 on the 15th end to draw away.  Patricia and Benita fought their way back to be only two behind going into the final end; however, Harbord held on to win by only one shot.  What a thriller!  Congratulations to Barb and Susan and well done to Benita and Patricia, it was a great game.

Belrose wins Regional Senior Fours

RPO Sr Fours

Region 15 Senior Fours winners Patricia Tan, Benita Andrews, Margaret Murphy and Lorraine Hazzard (Belrose)

On the opening day of the Region 15 Play-Offs at Mona Vale on Tuesday 24 July, the Belrose team of Lorraine Hazzard, Margaret Murphy, Benita Andrews and Patricia Tan overcame a slow start to work their way into the game and keep the scores close in the later stages of the game. Going into the final end, the Belrose team was up by 1 shot; the Harbord team sent the jack into the ditch, with their toucher in the sand a couple of feet away. However, after being given advice by her skip, Margaret managed to seal the win for the Belrose team by pushing team-mate Lorraine’s toucher a couple of metres up into the ditch, landing only 10cm away from the jack.

Harbord Wins Regional Open Fours

RPO Open Fours

Region 15 Open Fours winners Susan Laidlaw, Virginia Longfellow, Gwen Dessaix and Masako Sato (Harbord)

In the Regional Play-Off of the Open Fours, the Turramurra team of Jan Martin, Marilyn Brenner, Jenny Wallis and Sue Hamilton also got off to a slow start against Virginia Longfellow’s team from Harbord, with the Harbord team maintaining their lead throughout the game, to post a comfortable win 22-12.



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