We had a fantastic day today for St Ives Fives. The weather gods were kind - it rained at lunch time but morning and afternoon were both fine.
17 visiting clubs plus St Ives played in the competition. The St Ives team of Vicki, Di, Rhonwen, Jan and Shizuko played very well and came in 3rd overall.
Nick created a delicious lunch for us.
All in all, a great day.
Di McBryde and Vicki Bartrop played the Consistency Singles Final. The bowls were described as "inspiring". Both ladies shared the lead throughout most of the match but Vicki managed to get ahead over the last few ends. Spectators were most complimentary about the standard of bowls. Congratulations to both ladies for playing so well. Extra congratulations to Vicki for taking out the win.
Being very grateful for some blue skies, we played round 1 of the Consistency Singles today. There were some close matches so well played to everyone.
Vicki & Di are currently in Tamworth playing in the 2021 State Championships so their matches will be played as soon as possible.
We plan to continue the matches as soon as weather permits.
We saw a very good match for Women's Club Triples final today.
Sue Byrne (lead), Bev Donnelley (2nd) & Jan Woodcock (skip) played Pat Black (lead), Jacqui Wilmshurst (2nd) and Joy Sapier (skip).
The conditions were tricky - the green was fast and the wind was strong. By late morning the conditions changed and the wind swung around - confusing everyone in the process.
All bowlers had their moments of excellent bowls.
Jan's team got away with a strong start and were leading well until Joy's team grabbed a 4 on one end by making the most of her team's back bowls. Then again, a bit later in the game, Joy repeated her trick and took a 5. That made the scores very close. By the 19th end, Jan's team was up by 1.
Jan's team held their nerve to come away with the win. Congratulations to all players!
The weather was kind so we could play the first round of the Women's Triples today. Here are the results......
Congratulations to Di McBryde and Rhonwen Martin who beat Sue Byrne and Shizuko Hashimoto to win the Women's Club Pairs Championship on Thursday 28th. It was a convincing win to Di and Rhonwen. Everyone put down some good bowls but Di was the star, playing brilliantly throughout the whole game.
Earlier in the week, the two semi-finals were very tight matches, both coming down to the last end for the result.
Di & Rhonwen defeated Jacqui Wilmshurst and Gillian Miles with a brilliant bowl from Rhonwen to steal the match. Jacqui & Gillian had been ahead for most of the game.
In the other semi-final, Sue & Shizuko defeated Joan McCullagh and Vicki Bartrop in a tie breaker end. The two pairs were neck and neck the whole match and were even after 18 ends. In the tie breaker, it came down to a measure for Sue & Shizuko to get the win.
What an excellent week of pairs matches!
We are finally back to bowls competition. We played the first round of the Women's Club Pairs Championship today.