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.
The Senior Fours Final was an all-Belrose affair, with the teams of Judith Clubb, Angela Little, Jeyam Siva and Billie Maas pitted against club-mates Lorraine Fevre, Michelle Treadwell, Louise Hamshere and Patricia Tan. Patricia’s team had come off a huge win in the semi-final, and looked to be picking up where they had left off; after 6 ends they were out to a 9-2 lead. On the 7th end, Patricia’s team were holding four when the skips went to the mat. Billie managed to rub off one of the front bowls to draw inside the opponents to take shot; however, Patricia had last bowl and found a way through the traffic to wrest out Billie’s bowl and stay, for a count of 5 and a 14-2 lead on the scoreboard. This set the tone for the match, with all four of Patricia’s team playing strongly and denying their opponents the shots time and again. Final score: 23-9, and two more first-time champions in Lorraine (who has only been playing for 18 months) and Louise.