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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
26 Bowls In Focus It wasn’t until the last of the scheduled 54,432 live bowls had come to rest that the outcome of last month’s prestigious $20,000 Women’s Premier Pairs event at the Moama and City of Echuca Bowling Clubs was formally decided. And although the scenario to decide this year’s winning combination was as gripping and excitement-charged as any in memory, the setting at Moama was bleak and uncompromising. Out on the windswept and icy cold Clemo Green – over the railway line for the uninitiated – two battles raged at either end of the square in a desolate setting more reminiscent of a NatGeo special on Siberian winters. It was a complete contrast to the previous three days of sparkling spring sunshine, however up on the border when Mother Nature bares her fangs, the chilly winds can roar in off the northern plains like a screaming banshee. On the northern ditch rink overnight leaders Caroline Reilly and Kerry Baldacchino from Cobram, who were unbeaten and 72-shots- up after the six 18-end rounds, faced South Australians Denise Caulfield and Judy Brooks, who were five-game winners but held a superior shots tally with their +87 aggregate. At the other end of the green established country stars Edna Anderson from Warracknabeal Golf and Horsham City’s Betty Cozens, who sat at the top of the leader board after two days, were also undefeated but one solitary shot in arrears with just day four’s seventh and final round to play. Their opposition came in the form of wily West Australians Peg Currie and Judy Edwards. Sadly Reilly and Baldacchino struggled to cope with the conditions, while the two South Australians, with the formidable Caulfield playing brilliantly, established an early lead. And despite their best efforts, the Cobram combination was unable to make any serious impression on the 10-shot buffer, which would be the margin when the four combatants shook hands. As a consequence Caulfield and Brooks were the clubhouse leaders with their six wins and 97-shots-up. However, the Anderson and Cozens versus Currie and Edwards match still had three ends to complete. It had been a tough no-holds- barred encounter, which was exemplified when Currie and Edwards claimed a single on the penultimate end to see the Victorians one up at 20-19 with just one to play. And when the skippers crossed over for the last time, a local victory – the first for quite ‘Own goal’ thwarts Local Success Moama Classic • Above: Warracknabeal Golf’s Edna Anderson sends one down during the final round. • Below: Tournament director Peter Nixon with winners Denise Caulfield and Judy Brooks. “Register your details at www.DoncasterSportingGear.com.au for my monthly winning tips” Kaz 914A Doncaster Road, East Doncaster Vic 3109 Phone: (03) 9848 7387 Fax: (03) 9848 6977 Proud Sponsors 10% off on presenting this advert (excluding bowls, bowling arm, special and other discounts) • Shoes • Bags • Women’s Wear • Menswear • Demo Bowls • Accessories • New Bowls • Hats • Pre-Loved Bowls www.DoncasterSportingGear.com.au HOTKITTYHOTJACK
August September 2011