Close matches in ladies’ bowls

Three of the four matches in the Maryborough District Ladies Bowling Association pennant competition on Tuesday were close.

Carisbrook showed that it is a team to be reckoned with after defeating Dunolly Blue 73-71 on its own green in a solid performance.

The overall win kept the ‘Brook on top of the ladder, five points clear of Highland Tartan. After leading by just three shots after 19 of the 25 ends had been played, Wanda Irwin’s Carisbrook team rallied to get up 27-19 in a strong effort.

Berys Young’s Carisbrook side hung on tenaciously to to win 26-22 in a good contest against Loretta Parker.

Marg Davies’ home side kept Dunolly Blue in the contest and finally won 30-20 but overall the team was beaten 71 shots to 73.

Golf Gold is in third spot on the ladder after defeating Talbot 74-65.

The Golf Gold team of Jan Reddick, Doreen Herd, Fay Merbach and Alma Brooker (skip) set up the overall victory with a strong 29-15 win.

Talbot won the other two matches, with Barbara Crossley’s visiting side getting off to a brilliant start leading 10-1 after six ends but then Colleen Beveridge’s Golf Gold team won the next seven ends to lead 15-10 in a topsy turvy match.

Crossley claimed two twos to trail but just one shot after 15 of the 25 ends had been completed.

Beveridge won a single shot and then picked up a three on the 17th end to lead 19-14.

However the momentum again changed and Crossley won four ends straight claiming eight shots to hit the front 22-19 with four ends to play.

The Golf side won three shots on the next end and then a two to be up 24-22.

However, on each of the final two ends, Crossley’s Talbot side won two shots to win a very interesting contest 26-24.

Ang Wilkinson-Howard’s visiting side led 15-8 after 12 ends but then as so often happens in lawn bowls, the team got stuck and couldn’t get off 15.

Denise Prime’s Golf ladies lifted and won eight ends straight to be leading 21-15.

Finally Wilkinson-Howard’s Talbot side got off 15 by claiming four shots on the 21st end and the team never looked back, winning the final five ends to get up 24-21 in another very interesting tussle.

Also on the Maryborough Golf green, Maryborough Highland Society Gold downed Golf Blue 74-68.

Pam Shay, June Gillespie, Shirley Birkett and Alison Smith (skip) combined very well to win by the big margin of 16 shots to get Highland Gold over the line. After being 21-all after 20 ends, Golf Blue’s Liz Bucknall guided her side to a strong finish and won 32-23.

The other encounter was a ripper between Golf’s Marg Gowers and Jan Turner of Highland.

The Highland Gold side was out of the blocks brilliantly and after six ends led 9-0.

Not much changed for the Golf Blue side and it trailed 3-14 after 12 of the 25 ends had been played.

However, as often happens, things changed dramatically after lunch and Gowers’ home team rallied to get to 14-all after 18 ends.

With three ends to play, the score was again tied, this time on 17 shots each. Gowers claimed a couple of singles to be up 19-17 with one end to play in an exciting tussle.

While Turner won one shot on the final end, it wasn’t enough to get the two points, going down 18-19.

On the Dunolly green, Highland

Tartan won comfortably 79-57 and picked up the maximum 14 points.

Anne Ingham won comfortably 30-19 and Gwenda Baker also had a solid 28-18 win.

The final match was tight but after establishing a three shot buffer with just one end to play, Marlene Ross and her team appeared to be the winner.

Jeanette Oliver’s visiting side didn’t give in and won four shots on the last end to get up 21-20 for an unlikely victory. Earlier in the day, this Highland team was down 0-8 after the first six ends.

Ladder – Carisbrook 83, MHS Tartan 78, Golf Gold 74, MHS Gold 72, Dunolly Blue 64, Talbot 59, Avoca 57, Dunolly Gold 48, Golf Blue 23.

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