Oaks Day at Yamba women’s bowls

Wednesday November 3

Back to the greens today to fend off a challenge for her position as leader of the Lyn Olsson Singles Challenge – Julie Coulter came face to face with Jude Pryor. With the score crawling along with Jude only allowing Julie to score one shot an end it took till the 14th end to create a sizeable gap with Julie sitting comfortably on 11 – 5. But Jude fought back and scores a few ends to narrow the gap, but Julie stood her ground and took the score to 17 – 9 on the 22nd end. But again, Jude fought back and took the score to 18 all on the 26th end. But Julie determinedly managed to hold on finally taking the game 25 – 19. Thanks to marker Lois Duncan for her assistance. Julie will meet challenger Gloria Davis next Tuesday for another duel.

Julie Coulter – Lady of the Day

Thursday November 4

Oaks Day celebrations and 15 bowlers were at the starting gate dressed to the hilt in their racing finery. Amidst much laughter and a few problems with their deliveries due to constricting clothing, 12 ends were managed for the day.

It was team J. Coulter and C. Ritale who defied the bookies and took out the winner’s prize and left C. Cole and M. Jenner at the starting gate. Favourites B. Backshall, L. Duncan, M. Parker were a nose in front of R. Moore, G. Davis and H. Atkinson and ran second. Last in the field (even with short odds) were J. Madden, S. Linsday, J. Button overrun by V. Beddow, P. Chilcott and W. Ballantyne (equally short odds).

The also-rans were R. McPherson, J. Pryor outrunning P. McKenna, J. Scadden.

So, it was back to the stalls for a special lunch and raffles and competitions to complete the day.

Bookies Kaye Mason and Julie Coulter ran some sweeps on the big race and lucky winners took home the cash. But there was another chance for all with some great raffle prizes on offer and another chance to be in the winning circle. Thanks to all who donated the raffle prizes and also goods for the trading table. And to Debbie May for the usual lovely arrangement.

Pauline Chilcott showed her skill as a champion coin-slider in the competition to win the bottle of liqueur.

It has to be said the fillies all looked resplendent in their very best racing outfits and also some in theatrical mode as well – but ‘The Lady of the Day’ was Julie Coulter who took home a couple of bottles of very nice repast for looking so gorgeous. 

And the loveliest hat prize went to Jane Madden.

Thanks to the Bistro for a delicious lunch and to Cheryl and her gang for setting up for us.

 Everyone dug deep and spent up big as the recipient of all our profits for the day was our much-valued Westpac Helicopter. Thanks to the generosity of all in attendance.

And hearty thanks also to Yamba Bowlo who generously donated the green fees for the day to the cause and also provided some bottles of wine for trophies.

Good luck to all for our last competition for the year – The Consistency commencing November 11. Draw is on the board.

Don’t forget your hamper goodies for our Christmas Party on December 2 – (commencing 11 a.m.) – all gratefully received. No bowls that day.

On Shot