OPEN FOURS 2021
8 March 2021
With two rounds of the Open Fours completed, the semi-finalists at West Pymble tomorrow are the Neutral Bay team skipped by Elizabeth Blackwell, who will play the Turramurra team skipped by Sue Hamilton, and the Killara team skipped by Louise Amos playing the Neutral Bay team skipped by Jenny Hepburn. Weather willing, the final will be played in the afternoon of 9 March at West Pymble. Full results from the first day’s play below:
In the final of the Open 4’s played at Warringah on 26 February, the Neutral Bay team of Elaine Seidler, Jenny Palmer, Kate Wingrove and Jenny Hepburn took on the Turramurra team of Jan Martin, Anne Webb, Jenny Wallis and Sue Hamilton. After 9 ends, The Bay were up 9-6 then, despite a great shot from Turramurra’s skip, they picked up another 2 and then, with some good draw bowling a further 2, to extend the lead to 13-6 after 11 ends. However, great bowling by the Turramurra team saw the margin narrowed to just 2 after 15 ends – 13-11. Great bowls by Sue brought Turramurra to only 1 behind after 16, with the score at 13-12. However, a 2 and then a 4 to Neutral Bay gave them a 7-shot lead after 18 ends. Sue Hamilton played amazing bowls all day; however her team was only picking up singles and it ultimately wasn’t enough to prevent history to Neutral Bay 22-13. Well done to Elaide Seidler and Kate Wingrove who played beautifully all day to achieve their first District championship title. Results from all rounds below:
In the final of the Open 4’s played at Mosman on 30 April, the Belrose team of Lorraine Hazzard, Kay King, Michelle Treadwell and Benita Andrews got off to a great start against the Killara team skipped by Louise Amos, leading 12 -2 after 7 ends, which they had extended to 18-8 after 13 ends. Killara battled on, but there was no stopping this Belrose team who were on fire and thoroughly deserved their decisive win. Results from all rounds below:
The final of the State Open Fours at District level was played on 29 May at Asquith with the Turramurra team of Jan Martin, Marilyn Brenner, Jenny Wallis and Sue Hamilton continuing the excellent bowls they had played all tournament to emerge, in near-darkness, as the 2018 champions.
In a nail-biting final at St Ives on 14 February 2017, the Belrose team of Lorraine Hazzard, Judith Carpenter, Kay King and Patricia Tan overcame being down 3-13 after 12 ends to win the 2017 Open Fours Championship 26-20 over the Neutral Bay team of Lesley Szumylo, Midori Matsuoka, Maggie Jay and Lou Hamshere.
The final of the 2016 Open Fours at District level became a rematch of the 2015 final, with Lynne Thompson’s Neutral Bay team and Bridget Nelson’s Gordon team once again playing off for the title. Gordon were ahead throughout the match until Neutral Bay drew level on the 19th end. Gordon was up by 1 shot going into the last end, but a great last bowl from Lynne took the jack back to two Neutral Bay bowls to win the Championship. A great final!
The inaugural winners of the Open Fours became the proud holders of a trophy kindly donated to our new District by Anne Cowlishaw (St Ives). Thanks to Anne’s generosity in “starting the ball rolling”, we now have trophies for the Fours, Singles Champion, Singles Runner-Up and, soon to come, Triples.