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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
Bowls In Focus 33 South Australian state players Sandra Wallace and Sue Maddern successfully emerged from a four- day gauntlet run to snatch first place in the $17,000 Ladies Premier Pairs event at Moama Bowls Club last month. The richly talented Croweater combination was the only team in the 42-strong field to complete their seven 18-end matches undefeated, claiming a nine- shot win over Kyneton’s Helen Roberts and Marg Magnusson in the final round to formalise their victory. Coming into day four’s last round, Wallace, who is one of SA’s top state skippers and plays for Holdfast Bay, along with Maddern from Modbury, sat on equal points with Queensland internationals Carmen Ander- son and Maria Rigby, but were eight shots in arrears. And when Anderson and Rigby led 6-0 after two ends of the corresponding decider, the writing - and a repeat win for Anderson - appeared to be on the wall. Anderson, the 1996 world singles champion, part- nered Yarraville Footscray’s Judy Nardella to victory last year and second place in 2007. Sadly, an illness prevented Nardella from competing this time around, so Rigby, who represented Australia in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, came in as a last-minute substitute. However, their opposition, the pint-sized mother and daughter duo of Lockington’s Marie Davie and Rhonda Gallagher from Moama had other ideas. In a fine display of draw bowling they scored 14 shots to one over the ensuing 11 ends to be seven ahead with five to play. A desperate finishing rally by the Queenslanders saw them looming just three behind with three ends remaining, however, Davie and Gallagher countered with a two and a single to be six up going into the last. From there Anderson and Rigby crafted an excellent treble, but were still short and relegated to third place when handshake time arrived. The loss to the overnight leaders left Wallace and Madder n alone in the driving seat, and also opened the gate for Victorian skipper Gayle Edwards and her Keilor clubmate Lyn Martin to climb into second spot. Without doubt the Keilor pair will thank consecu- tive counts of five, halfway through their last match against Talbot’s Barbara Crossley and Leanne Wallis, for their 10-shot win. Similarly, after losing their second round match to Yarrawonga & Border Golf ’s Anne Miles and Claire Sanders by six, Edwards and Martin fought their way back into contention by virtue of a 32-shot win over Glenroy state representatives Jennifer Salmon and Judy Davey. Miles and Sanders, who have recently been added to the Victorian state squad, finished in fourth place, albeit 28 shots behind Anderson and Rigby. The promising Border Golf combo won six of their seven starts, the only blemish being a six-shot opening round loss to the Mulgrave Country Club’s former world fours champion Gordana Baric and her daugh- ter Sue Hudson. Entries from Tasmania, West Australia and Queensland, along with seven from South Australia, joined thirty-two Victorian teams in the quest for the rich Moama purse. It was interesting to note that six interstate pairs found their way into the pay queue, with four SA sides lining up for cash payouts, along with Anderson and Rigby from the sunshine state, and West Australian veterans Roma Dunn and Julie Lindsay. However, there can be no question as to the field’s quality. After four rounds only two teams had not blotted their copybook, while after seven only one remained untarnished. - David Allen 2009 Ladies Premier Pairs at Moama Bowls Club 1st S Wallace (Holdfast Bay SA), S Madder n (Modbury SA) 14 points +77 shots; 2nd G Edwards, L Martin (Keilor) 12 +78; 3rd C Anderson (Tweed Heads Qld), M Rigby (Manly Qld) 12 +73; 4th A Miles, C Sanders (Yarrawonga & Border Golf) 12 +45; 5th R Dunn, J Lindsay (Dudley Park WA) 11 +48; 6th J Gardiner (Kensington Marryatville SA), D Green (Holdfast Bay SA) 10 +74; 7th J Cosgrove, E Eaton (Barooga Sports) 10 +19; 8th D Caulfield (Prospect SA), F Luke (Modbury SA) 10 +17; 9th K Treloar (Berri SA), W Clarke (Holdfast Bay SA) 10 +11; 10th B Crossley, L Wallis (Talbot) 9 +37. Croweaters Snatch Premier Purse • Top: Moama bowls co-ordinator Adam McIntyre with winners Sandra Wallace and Sue Maddern. • Above Right: Petite Moama skipper Rhonda Gallagher in action during the fateful final round. • Above: Former international Maria Rigby joined forces with Carmen Anderson this year.
August September 2009