Congratulations to Enid Brooker who is our new reigning Minor Singles Champion. Enid has been playing beautifully for some time and she pulled out all the stops against Marion Darmody in the final. The tally was surprisingly even throughout and Marion certainly kept the pressure on Enid. Scores were even on the sixth and 11th ends and there was only a one-shot difference by the 18th. From here the gap gradually widened, with the final score reading 26-20 in Enid’s favour. Marion’s performance in this game highlights the fact that she has the makings of a very good bowler and is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.
The major pairs are well underway and there were some very close games played this week. The hot conditions caused some issues with our bowlers on the green and some of our games were cut short. Please remember to drink plenty of water while playing in the heat. Anne Maree Bruce and Betty Schutz proved too strong for Rosie Toms and Helen Spackman 26-16. Rosie and Helen had the lead for the first half of the game but scores were evened by the 13th. Anne Maree and Betty then snuck ahead and confirmed their lead by picking up a massive six shots on the 19th.
The mother and daughter duo of Lorraine Cooke and Leanne Goode combined their skills beautifully against Elsie Shaw and Bernice Davis. Leanne has not played bowls for some time due to shoulder problems and did exceptionally well alternating with her left and right arms. Lorraine and Leanne made an absolute killing with a score of 25-7 by the 18th when Elsie and Bernice conceded.
Margaret Holston and Jess Keith were up to their usual tricks against Veronica Lees and Kath Grace. Margaret and Jess together is a formidable pair and were leading 25-6 by the 14th end when Veronica and Kath forfeited.
Jenny Jones came back to the fold after quite an absence and she joined forces with her sister Wendy Steel. The sisters took on Wilma Bingley and Lois Macgregor and finished with a one-shot lead of 20-19. Jenny and Wendy started strongly and had a good lead early on. Wilma and Lois did well to fight back to almost even the score.
Thelma Butt and Rhonda Corcoran were unable to match the skills of Maureen Hall and Enid Brooker. The enjoyment that these ladies derived from the game was obvious and both teams put down some excellent bowls. The final score was 21-16.
Our ladies have a side playing in the weekend pennant which began on Saturday. This competition is targeted to the working ladies who are unable to play during the week. Most of our ladies playing in this are inexperienced new bowlers. Their first game was on home turf against Weston Creek who proved too strong overall. Linda (Spud) Scott’s team did manage a win on their rink but were unable to make up for our second team led by Leanne Goode.