Yamba Fours final play tomorrow

Heart stoppers were the order of the day at the Yamba Women’s Bowling Club’s Championship Fours semi-final last week. Monica Conlan’s team of Helen Atkinson, Kerry Pedder and Dot Gleeson were all square, at 16 all, with opponents Helen Scott, Pam Conley, Judy Pryor and Isabel Neill who got a 4 on the penultimate end, after Monica and co had led since the 5th end. In a thrilling finish, with the opposition holding shot, Monica managed dislodge the shot bowl with her final bowl to take the game 19-16. In another close one, a single shot separated Catherine Aitchison’s and Denise Burey’s teams on the 20th end, after there had been less than three shots the difference throughout until Jane Pearson, Ruthie Fletcher, Judy Button and Denise picked up a 4 on the 16th end to lead 13-9. But Catherine and her team: Maria Sakac, Judy Abbott, Joan Scadden scored on the next three ends and seemed to be finishing stronger, getting it back to 13 all on 19 ends. But Denise and her team regathered their resolve, and picked up singles on the next two ends for a 15-13 win. The other game was also a very close affair with Val Terry, Wynne Bell, Kaye Mason and Wendy Ballantyne getting up by the narrowest of margins, 22-21 over Glynis Hall, Margaret Durante, Beryl Neilsen and Sonia Graham. This was a game of changing momentum after Sonia’s team got off to a great start, but Wendy’s gradually gained the ascendency, only to see their opponents repeatedly come back at them. However, Wendy’s team never surrendered the lead and kept rallying each time they were challenged. At 22-17 on 18 ends it looked as if they would ease to victory, but Sonia’s team hung in and managed 4 in the final three ends to go down by just one shot. And so the semis (played on Tuesday March 1). Monica’s team took on Marjorie Thompson’s (who won their quarter final played earlier) while Denise’s were up against Wendy’s. The final is on Thursday March 3. After a brief reign as Princess of the Green, Ros Dickson has been de-throned by Glynis Hall, who was in great form for their game on Tuesday 23. In a very even start, both ladies were drawing well and locked 4 all on 7 ends. Then Ros managed to break free with a 1 and a 3 to take an 8-5 lead, but there she got stuck for 6 ends while Glynis applied the pressure to lead 15-8. Despite a determined effort by Ros to fight back, Glynis kept her cool and led 19-12 before taking just another 2 ends to seal her best win since joining the Yamba club, with a terrific 25-12 victory. A delighted Glynis was presented with her crown (and badge) by president Robyn, and modelled it with pride. Also on Tuesday 23 social bowls continued with 29 keen participants, despite a number travelling to Wooli to help celebrate their 50th birthday celebrations. Lucky rink winners were the pairing of Jill Miller and Wendy Ballantyne, runners up went to Colleen Beard, Raels McKibbin and Judy Pryor with the Consolation draw going to Beryl Neilsen, Cheryl Deveney and Marjorie Thompson. Reduced numbers on Thursday 25 due to Championship games being on, meant that only two prizes were awarded. Lucky winners were Sandy Owen, Beryl Mills and Carole Casement, while the consolation winners were Colleen Beard, Raels McKibbin and Judy Sinclair. Wendy Ballantyne