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Cathryn Aitchison has her game face on in her good win over Judy Pryor in the Major Singles semi final. Image: Contributed.

Finals time for Yamba lady bowlers

Cathryn Aitchison has her game face on in her good win over Judy Pryor in the Major Singles semi final. Image: Contributed.

After convincing victories in each of their Major Singles semi final, the match up between Cathryn Aitchison and Wendy Ballantyne in the final played on Tuesday, February 14 should prove a very worthy final. Results of this game are not available on going to print, but will be reported in next week’s edition.
In her semi, Cathryn accounted for Judy Pryor after it had been very even through the first six ends at 6-5. However, then Cathryn was able to string together 8 unanswered shots in 5 ends to put what proved an unassailable gap between her and Judy, which she retained and built upon throughout 19 ends, to have a comfortable victory.
The other semi saw Wendy get off to a strong start against Kaye, 8-2 on 5 ends, and never headed in a good display of fine draw bowling. Kaye had little luck, and Wendy’s steely determination saw off any of her challenges to make a come back, enabling Wendy to record a convincing win in 18 ends.
Likewise, in their quarter finals, both Cathryn and Wendy had assertive wins over Wynne Bell and Barbara Cross respectively. Both the latter ladies, though, bowled well, hung in there and gained invaluable experience at this level.
The other two quarters were much closer affairs though, with Kaye seeing off a late charge from Helen Atkinson to prevail 25-20 on 23 ends, in a high quality game, and Judy having a 34 end battle with Gwen Hoskin.
This game was an arm wrestle that kept the large crowd of spectators enthralled. There had been very few shots in it throughout, and after 28 ends Judy led 19-18. Judy then held her nerve despite Gwen pressuring her all the way, and then came up with a couple of well judged, timely on shots to run out a 25-19 winner.
After the final of the Major Singles on Tuesday, the Fours Championship commences immediately, on Thursday, February 16. In the first round, the game between Chris Cole’s strong team of Joan Scadden, Helen Atkinson, Kerry Pedder and Chris and the winning team of the past two years, Val Terry, Wynne Bell, Kaye Mason and Wendy Ballantyne is shaping as a real thriller.
Other match ups are between Sandy Owen/Maria Sakac/Ruth Fletcher/Judy Button and Sue Lindsay/Isabel Neill/Judy Pryor/Noelene Smith; Glenda Davis/Gwen Hoskin/Sonia Graham/Marie Stone and Ros Moore/Judy Abbott/Cathryn Aitchison/Robyn McPherson; while Bev Shatte/Pam Conley/Barbara Cross/Gloria Davis have a first round bye.
Meanwhile, social bowls has been continuing apace, and also bringing forth some good games. The team of Peg Wales, Jan Stamp and Noelene Smith took home the lucky Bowlo Bucks on Tuesday, February 7 when they had a close 3 shot win against Glenda Davis, Pam Conley and Judy Button. The consolation bucks went to Raels McKibbin, Ruth Fletcher and Margaret Abbott.
Then on Thursday Margaret Abbott went one better, when she teamed up with Gloria Davis to be drawn for the winner’s prize. The team they defeated, Pam Conley and Barb Cross were lucky enough to be drawn for the consolation bucks.

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