Major/Minor Pairs at Yamba to Pedder and Aitchison

Kerry Pedder and Cathryn Aitchison are the Major/Minor Pairs winners at Yamba Women’s Bowling Club for the second time in four years, following the final last Friday. Playing beautiful draw bowls and the timely on shots, Kerry and Catherine were dominating the game when unfortunately Gabby and Sonia had to concede the game due to one of them being ill. Throughout the competition Gabby and Sonia had played some magic bowls but despite their best efforts in the final, were unable to reproduce the same consistently high quality game they would have needed, especially under such trying circumstances. In addition, Consistency Singles in both Major and Minor Divisions have reached the final stage, with semis and quarters competed last week. On Tuesday 13th, there were some interesting results. After a slow start, a very excited Maria Sakac won her way through to the Minor Consistency semis with a good (150-120) win over new member, Glynis Hall who is improving rapidly. Also in the minors, another new member, Colleen Beard surprised herself by downing Jan Funnell in an epic struggle. This game was very hard fought and there was never more than a shot or two in it, but Colleen prevailed 150-146. In other Minor Division results, Judy Sinclair was too strong for Sandy Owen (119) and Kerry Pedder led throughout to come home strong over Pam Conley (120). Kerry continued her good form in the semi- final, this time winning over Maria Sakac (128). In the other Minor Division semi, Judy Sinclair received a forfeit from Colleen Beard. The final in this division should be a close encounter between two good draw bowlers in Kerry and Judy, with Kerry aiming for her second title in five days. The Major quarter finals saw good wins to Chris Cole over Monica Conlan (127); Wendy Ballantyne over Lyn Olsson (108); Judy Button over Joan Scadden (97) and Marjorie Thompson over Cathryn Aitchison (109). The quality of the draw bowl game was again on display in the semis, where stand out the match of the finals to this point, ensued between Marjorie Thompson and Chris Cole. Chris had led well in the first part of the game to jump out to 73-57 after 13 ends, but Marj then found her form and hit the front 86-84 four ends later. From there on it was exceeding close, with some very tight heads and scores level no less than four times. With scores at 140 all, Marj went to the front 146-144, but Chris maintained her composure and drew two lovely bowls to take the last end 7-3 and win the game by just one shot. In her second final since joining the club earlier in the year, Chris will face the enigmatic Judy Button in the final set down for Tuesday 19th, after this column goes to press. Judy played magnificent draw bowls to lead all the way and defeat Wendy Ballantyne (142) despite Wendy making a late run for victory. A report on the finals will appear next week. The ladies have also been enjoying the great competition of the Mixed Fours over last weekend, and a full wrap of this competition appears in the Mens’ news. At social bowls it was great to see Mary Fielder having a farewell game or two, and not only that but teaming up with Isabel Neill to take out the Lucky Rink Winner’s prize on Tuesday 13th when they defeated Sheila Saunders (UK visitor) and Denise Collier. On a countback, the lucky Consolation winners were Jane Pearson and Gloria Davis who had drawn with Bev Lawson and Ros Hippisley. In other games, R McKibbin/S Graham got up over C Deveney/D Burey and B Mills/A Riley (from New Zealand) defeated B Nielsen/G Freeman. Then on Thursday 15th another countback was needed, this time for the Lucky Rink winners. After a draw, equal ends then most consecutive ends won, Jane Pearson, Cheryl Deveney and Kaye Mason prevailed over Jane Pearson, Helen Atkinson, Judy Sinclair. Fittingly the Consolation prize went to Judy and her team. Also on 15th, F Stephens/ B Shatte/ R Dickson were winners over Glenda Davis/ P Conley/ M Stone and B Mills/ J Miller/ M Conlan downed R McKibbin/J Scobie/R Fletcher. Wendy Ballantyne