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Hands on the money! YBRC President, Ian Lauder presents the winner’s cheque to the delighted first placed team (l-r) W Ballantyne, K Mason, W Bell and V Terry.

The closest of close victories at Blue Pacific Fours

Hands on the money! YBRC President, Ian Lauder presents the winner’s cheque to the delighted first placed team (l-r) W Ballantyne, K Mason, W Bell and V Terry.
Hands on the money! YBRC President, Ian Lauder presents the winner’s cheque to the delighted first placed team (l-r) W Ballantyne, K Mason, W Bell and V Terry.

 

The annual Blue Pacific Fours women’s tournament at Yamba was held on Tuesday August 2, with a fantastic 34 teams entered, with teams from across the CRDWBA and as far afield as the Gold Coast, Alstonville and Park Beach.
The club was still buzzing after the wonderful weekend of bowls provided by the Men’s State pennant playoffs, and the Greens were in tip top condition.
After the three rounds, it turned out to be a very tight contest with six teams finishing undefeated on 6 points, so it went to margins, ends won and shots against to determine the four prize winners.
And it was good to see some of the visitors in the winners’ circle. One of the Park Beach teams (P Fletcher, B Pyne, D Jones and C Garret) finished fourth on 3 wins, +18, 22 ends won and 23 shots against.
Equal in every respect except for having one less shot against, the Gold Coast composite team of B Jordan, J Sinclair (from Yamba), M Panovois and R Green, came in third, also on +18 and 22 ends won but with just, 22 against. But it was the locals who just shaded them to take out the other two prizes. With a margin of +22 the Yamba team of Glynis Hall, Glenda Davis, Jane Pearson and Judy Button came in second. But on a margin of +23 the team of Val Terry, Wynne Bell, Kaye Mason and Wendy Ballantyne were delighted to take out the top prize. Huge thanks must go to the generous sponsors of the tournament: Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club, SEA Numbers Accountants, MacDonald’s Yamba and Craig and Cate Spackman of YBC’s Norfolk Bistro. Craig’s soup and muffin lunch is gaining legendary status. The great prize money from our sponsors and fantastic Greens make this a wonderful well attended venue for well organised tournaments.
Bowls Co-ordinator, Don Freeman followed up successfully co-ordinating the hosting of the State Pennant weekend with another “day at the office”, putting in for the ladies as Controlling Body and Results Co-ordinator, and Graham Brown and his Greens team had the Greens in the premier condition that he has become renowned for. Thanks gents.
Thanks must also go to all the volunteer workers and umpires on the day, and most importantly, thanks to all the bowlers from here and across the District and beyond for entering and making it a hugely successful event. In club news, the semi-finals of the YWBC Championship Triples was one of the victims of the east coast low that hit last Wednesday and has now been set down for Tuesday, August 9 and with District Presentation Day on the 11th, the final is scheduled for Tuesday 16. Finally, congratulations to the men’s Number 3 Pennant team on their wonderful play in the State finals, going through to the semi undefeated, and then finishing equal third in NSW. No mean effort, men. Well done! Wendy Ballantyne

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