Great games of social bowls were again the order of the day at Yamba Women’s Bowls last week, with the match of the week being played out on Thursday 7th April, between Kaye Mason’s and Val Terry’s teams.
Kaye and her partner, Jan Stamp, got off to a blistering start, dominating proceedings to lead 10-4 on seven, having scored 8 shots in 4 successive ends. But Val and Gwen Hoskin fought back, themselves scoring a trio of multiples through some precision drawing to snatch a two shot lead, 12-10, three ends later.
From this point on it was a real arm-wrestle, and 13 all on 13 and a 16 all draw at the finish was a good indication of the quality and closeness of this game. Kaye and Jan narrowly prevailed however, 10 ends to 8.
However, they were not the lucky rink winners on the day, with this going to the triple of Faye Reeves, Pam Conley and Wynne Bell. Drawn for runners up Bowlo Bucks was the very deserving Yamba pennant team skipped by Judy Button, while the consolation prize went to Jill Miller and Cathryn Aitchison.
Again at Social Bowls on Tuesday the pairing of Margaret Durante and Lorraine Ashbury also played a 16 all draw with Pam Conley and Chris Cole. Margaret and Lorraine played lovely bowls to shut out their opposition for the first 6 ends, romping out to an 8-0 lead. But Pam and Chris found some form to lead 10-8 on 10, and from there to the finish line it was an even battle. Margaret and Lorraine took it out though, with 10 ends to 8.
Lucky winners on Tuesday were Kerryn Tyler, Barbara Briers and Wendy Ballantyne, with Gwen Hoskin and Gabby Freeman drawn for the runners up bucks. And how proud is YWBC of our overall Pennant performances? Very! The fours topped it off last week with two nail-biting wins at home to make it two flags this season. And with the threes playing so well to finish just behind Iluka and with a big gap to third spot, the pride in our sides is totally justified. The fours did it tough, just like the twos and threes did, and showed the grit and character needed to prevail.
Well done to all players who represented the club in the 2016 Pennant competition, and best of luck to our twos, Iluka’s threes and our fours at the playoffs in June.
With CRDWBA championships getting underway next week, we wish all entrants good bowling, and know our members will be in there doing their best in all the different contests. Yamba is excited to be hosting the first of these, the District Pairs, commencing on Tuesday 19th April. Fantastic bowls will be on display all day and through till the final, scheduled for April 26th. It will be well worth the cost of admission for spectators. Wendy Ballantyne