RPO DAY 3 TO NORTH SHORE
21 October 2020
To conclude a very successful week for North Shore at this year’s Regional Play-Offs, the Belrose team of Lorraine Hazzard, Julie Baker and Billie Maas took out the Region 15 Triples today 22-10 over Harbord’s Masako Sato, Susan Laidlaw and Virginia Longfellow. Belrose got on the board first, with a single off their skip’s last bowl, then scored another single on the 2nd end. Then Harbord claimed a single, followed by a two, to be 4-3. It continued as a game of “ones and twos”, with the score levelled at 8-8 after 11 ends. Then three consecutive singles gave Belrose a slight edge at 11-8, which was the largest margin in the game to that point . It was enough to get the Belrose team’s confidence up, and they proceeded to convert heads where necessary and pick up 10 shots over the next 4 ends, to be in front 21-8 after the 18th end. Despite Harbord scoring 2 on the 19th and holding a multiple until the last bowl played on the 20th, the Belrose skip drew shot to close out the match 22-10.
RPO DAY 2 — VICTORY FOR BOTH DISTRICTS
20 October 2020
The Region 15 Singles play-off kept the (suitably-spaced) crowd on the edge of their seats as the North Shore Champion Michelle Treadwell (Belrose) took on Manly-Warringah Champion Virginia Longfellow (Harbord). It had rained overnight, and the morning stayed overcast and humid. In the early stages of the game, it appeared as though Michelle had the better feel for the slower-paced green and, after 7 ends, was up 8-2. Four ends later, with the scoreboard at 10-4, Michelle rolled a significantly shorter jack which survived a measure by the umpire. However, the change of length suited Virginia as well, with the advantage changing with almost every bowl played. Eventually, Virginia claimed 2 shots, then rolled the jack full length and picked up one more shot, taking her score to 7-10. Four ends later … four singles … the score 12-9 … and it was anyone’s game! Then Michelle scored a 3 followed by 2, then a 1, and the score was 18-9. But Virginia put the pressure straight back on, playing two lovely openers and, after Michelle’s weighted shots missed their target, added a 3rd to be 12-18. A full-length end then brought looser bowls. Virginia looked set to pick up another multiple, but Michelle’s last bowl cut it to 1 shot. On the next end, Virginia was once again holding 3 … this time Michelle only managed to cut out one, and the score came up to 15-18. Virginia looked to have hit her stride, and the spectators knew they were in for a great finish to the match. Another single to Virginia, and then a 3, saw her take the lead for the first time, 19-18. Facing another score against her on the next end, Michelle converted with her last bowl, bringing up 19-19. Back on a two-thirds length, Michelle put in a good opening bowl, then another. Virginia got caught in front traffic and Michelle claimed 3 to be 22-19, and only 3 shots from victory. On a short length next end, the players built a very tight head, with one shot going to Michelle, and then another single brought her to 24-19 with victory in sight. However, Virginia scored a single to keep the game alive, and then another, to be 21-24. Shots were traded back and forth on the next end — 1 more to Virginia, 22-24 and the Belrose supporters were looking anxious! Both players put in good bowls on the next end. Virginia was holding and, when Michelle’s weighted shot tapped aside her own bowl, Virginia was assured of 2 shots, 24-24! Trying to set a longer length for the final end, Virginia rolled the jack into the ditch. Michelle changed the mat position and rolled short. The umpire was called, but the jack was correct by about 18″. Undaunted, Virginia put in a good opener and, after a good reply from Michelle, put down an even better bowl to be sitting about 6″ off the jack. Michelle drew up to rest on the shot bowl, then Virginia covered the back of the head with her last bowl “just in case”. But Michelle didn’t play weight — she simply played a superb draw onto her own bowl, which tapped Virginia’s bowl onto its side, away from the jack. Game to Michelle, 25-24!
Meanwhile, the Manly-Warringah competitors in the Open Pairs and Senior Pairs were getting the better of their opponents. In the Open Pairs Jacqui Morgan and Jenny Roberts (Seaforth) kept up the pressure relentlessly to defeat Ngoc Hau and Louise Amos (Killara), 24-9. Despite the final score, it was by no means a one-sided affair; our girls played good bowls, but Jacqui and Jenny just kept playing better. In the Senior Pairs Play-Off, Shizuko Hashimoto and Di McBryde took on Chris Binfield and Sue Lewis (Pittwater). It was an even contest at first, with the score 3-3 after four ends, and 4-4 after six. Then Pittwater put together a string of ends, to get their score out to 15-7 after 16 ends. However, St Ives fought back and got the margin down to 4 after 19 ends, 12-16. It almost looked as though they could do it, but then Chris and Sue played very strongly on the 20th end. When Chris confirmed they were holding “at least 3”, Sue wisely declined to play her last bowl and the match was declared at 19-12.
The State Play-Offs will be held in February at Club Malua:
Open & Senior Pairs 2-3 Feb; Triples 4-5 Feb; Mixed Pairs 6 Feb; Singles 7-8 Feb; Open & Senior Fours 9-10 Feb.
NORTH SHORE TAKES DAY 1 OF THE RPO
19 October 2020
CONGRATULATIONS to our North Shore teams who won the Region 15 Open Fours and Senior Fours today to book spots in the State Play-Offs at Club Malua on 9-10 February 2021. In the Open Fours, the Neutral Bay team of Elaine Seidler, Jenny Palmer, Kate Wingrove and Jenny Hepburn were in a very even contest with Harbord’s Masako Sato, Gwen Dessaix, Susan Laidlaw and Virginia Longfellow, before pulling away in the later stages of the game to post an emphatic win, 27-14. In the Senior Fours, the Belrose team of Lorraine Fevre, Kaye Alderton (SUB for Louise Hamshere), Michelle Treadwell and Patricia Tan went into the last end of the match with Dee Why’s Lesley Kennedy, Robin Morron, Sue Ewin and Sue Marshall needing 3 shots to draw the game and play an extra end. Dee Why were building a head that gave them a very good chance; however, as happens in bowls, a small slip-up turned the shot over to Belrose, who claimed the game 15-11. Well done to all players, and good luck to the North Shore teams at the (much-delayed) State Play-Offs in February.