We are finally back to bowls competition. We played the first round of the Women's Club Pairs Championship today.
What an exciting Singles Championship final match today!
Shizuko Hashimoto played Vicki Bartrop with both ladies playing beautiful bowls throughout the match.
Vicki had a strong first third and then Shizuko drew closer during the middle of the match.
In the final stages of the match, Vicki drew away again but Shizuko wasn't giving up without a fight. The last end was brilliant - Vicki drew shot with a resting toucher behind the jack. Shizuko came in with a resting toucher and nudged Vicki away. Then Vicki came in with another toucher, pushing Shizuko's bowl away and staying for 2 shots - that's what she needed to take the match.
Congratulations to both ladies for a great game.
Vicki Bartrop did brilliantly in the District Singles this year. She had some very close games to win through to the finals.
The finals were held at St Ives on Wednesday 2nd June - what an amazing game to watch. Vicki played Jenny Hepburn from Neutral Bay. The two ladies were neck and neck all the way through the final. At 24 all, Jenny prevailed to win 25:24.
Congratulations to both ladies for wonderful bowling!
A few matches have been played over the past week in the Women's Club Singles Championship. I gather there were a couple of very close games - well played to all!
We will play the semi-final games as soon as possible - we have a couple of ladies playing in the District Singles so those games take priority over club games.
The District Pairs for 2021 were plagued by rain over the past few days, but the St Ives team of Di McBryde & Vicki Bartrop emerged as the 2021 District Senior Pairs champions. In the final, the St Ives pair defeated Brenda Walker and Gill Barton (Neutral Bay).
They then went on to win the playoff against the Northern Beaches (Newport Beach). This means they will be representing Region 15 in the State Championships later in the year.
It’s 3-in-a-row for St Ives, and a second win for both players, although previously in different teams. (Di won last year as Skip, with Shizuko Hashimoto as her Lead; Vicki won in 2019, with Sue Byrne as her Lead.)
We saw some fantastic bowls today in the Women's Fours Championship final. Both teams played well throughout the game but Vicki's team of Carol Whitehead, Jan Kellett, Di McBryde & Vicki Bartrop came away with the title.
Jan's team of Pat Black, Joan Francis, Shizuko Hashimoto & Jan Woodcock had bowls in the head on many ends and then Vicki managed to come in and steal the shot.
Vicki's team got off to a very strong start over the first few ends but Jan's team worked their way back into the match.
It really was an excellent, exciting game to watch.
After some rain delayed games, we now have semi final results for the Women's Fours Club Championship. The finals will be played next Tuesday, weather permitting.
Today, we saw Shizuko Hashimoto play Vicki Bartrop in the finals of the Consistency Singles. It was an excellent match with Shizuko taking an early lead and holding onto it throughout the match. Well played by both ladies with Shizuko winning for the second year in a row.