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ABOVE: Wendy Ballantyne watches intently as a bowl is delivered, with Cathryn Aitchison and Helen Scott keeping a close eye.

Yamba Women’s Bowls

ABOVE: Wendy Ballantyne watches intently as a bowl is delivered, with Cathryn Aitchison and Helen Scott keeping a close eye.
ABOVE: Wendy Ballantyne watches intently as a bowl is delivered, with Cathryn Aitchison and Helen Scott keeping a close eye.

 

What a feast of terrific games of quality bowls was to be had at YWBC last week.
Social bowls is yielding some very close games at of late, with the match of the day on Tuesday 22 March being the game between Lily Medhurst and Gloria Davis. Lily teamed up with Faye Reeves, making a welcome return to the green, and visitor Joan Hurn from Narracoote, South Australia.
After bring down early, Lil and her team battled on to draw level 9 all on 13 ends with Faye Reeves, Beryl Neilsen and Gloria. Then after Gloria grabbed a 3 on the next end, Lil and co surged home levelling it up again at 12 all on 17, and bowling beautifully scored 3 on the final end to win 15-12.
Beryl Neilsen also figured in the best game of the day on Thursday 24, teaming up with Bev Shatte to stave off the fast finishing Jan Stamp and Margaret Durante. Beryl and Bev had cruised to a 15-8 lead on 13, until Margaret and Jan put the foot down and gained 7 shots over the remaining 5 ends to go down by just 2. Beryl and Bev took it out, 17-15.
Lucky Rink winners on Tuesday 22 was the pairing of Jan Stamp and Ros Hippisley, while the Lucky runners up was visiting Maclean Pennant team skipped by Jane Hannah. Their Yamba opponents led by Marjorie Thompson took home the Consolation prize.
Our visiting Pennant opponents were again in the money on Thursday 24 when Joyce Brooker’s Iluka team took out the Lucky Rink winner’s prize, and Daph Robson’s Maclean team was drawn for the Consolation. Joan Scadden’s Yamba Pennant team got one for the hosts, winning the Lucky runners up prize.
With our Number 2 and 3 Pennant teams now finished the District competition, it is mixed news for our sides. The past week saw the 2’s play extreme pressure bowls in two very close games against very talented and worthy opponents. They narrowly won both games and came away with the 2016 flag. Congratulations to all.
Congratulations, too, to our 3’s who fell just short of the target, notching up a win and a loss last week, to finish just 3 points behind Iluka, but in clear second place. Well done, Iluka, and good luck in the playoffs.
Meanwhile our 4’s have four games to go, and travel to Red Rock on Tuesday 29, seeking revenge and looking to bridge the gap of 5 points that separates them from top spot. Thursday 31 sees them at home to Grafton Services, and with a further two home games to complete their season the following week, they are in a very good position to have a real shot at taking it out.
Players should note that the District Pennant Presentation Day is set down for Maclean on Thursday April 14, and that the sheet is on the board. It is open to all members. This is always a good day of camaraderie, and an opportunity to enjoy the friendship of bowlers from across the District. It is also a chance to support the lucky ones who have won this year.
The following Tuesday, April 19 sees the start of the District Championships, with the Pairs at Maclean.
Wendy Ballantyne

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