Sunday 24 February 2019
Today saw some great bowling in the semi finals and final of the District Open Pairs. Both semi finals had the scores even with only a few ends to go. In the match between Jeyam Siva and Billie Maas from Belrose and Emma Brown and Anne Coleman from North Sydney, North Sydney took the early lead but Jeyam and Billie gradually inched their way closer and played some great bowls over the last few ends to clinch the match. Similarly in the other semi final, Marilyn Brenner and Sue Hamilton from Turramurra played some fabulous bowls to be even on the scoreboard, but were just pipped on the last few ends to go down to Jess de Greenlaw and Jenny Hepburn from Neutral Bay.
The final was a cracker of a game. Neutral Bay got away to good start, but Jeyam and Billie just kept drawing close to the jack and one by one closed the gap on the score board. After 15 ends the scores were even and the spectators were full of anticipation for a nail biting finish. No one imagined what was about to happen! On the 16th end Neutral Bay was holding shot with Billie having one bowl to play. Belrose had the next six bowls around the jack. Drum Roll —- ta ta —-yes, Billie took out the shot bowl to give Belrose seven shots !!!!! Neutral Bay managed to get shot on each of the last two ends, to make the final margin 5 in favour of Billie and Jeyam.
Congratulations to all players in this event. Nearly every match played was very close and of a high standard. Many thanks to Lane Cove and Lindfield Rollers for hosting the matches on the weekend so we could accommodate our working women.