Holland wins two playoffs
CLARENCE Valley champion Maxine Holland, of Yamba, had a wonderful week last week in the A Group bowls playoffs at Coffs Harbour.
Maxine competed in the Singles on Thursday and the Fours on Monday, and won both of the playoffs.
All the Clarence District champions played wonderfully well in some atrocious conditions at times.
Maxine combined with Val Terry, Lyn Olsson and Sandra Ferro in the fours.
The triples team was Enid McKew, Iris Heppell and Ella Whitford of South Grafton, while the pairs combination was Margaret Eggins and Shane Gordon from Brooms Head-Sandon.
The ladies were competing against other District champions from throughout Group A for the right to contest the state titles at Forster/Tuncurry in September.
The fours team got the Clarence off to the best possible start on Monday, downing both their opponents in fine style to take out the Group Championship.
They convincingly defeated the Mid North Coast champions from Park Beach in the morning game.
Playing on the unfamiliar synthetic surface at Coffs Ex-Services, the Yamba team adjusted quickly and played exceptionally well.
They then took on the champions from Far North in Ballina RSL, who had scored a big win over in their morning game.
In a rain-affected game, Maxine’s team again played impeccably to notch up a very big win and take out the group title.
On Tuesday the triples team was defeated in the semi-final by a Ballina side and the pairs on Wednesday suffered the same fate at the hands of eventual winners of the pairs from Park Beach.
These two games were played in torrential rain at times, and the players endured lengthy delays and interruptions to play.
The resilience and commitment demonstrated by our Clarence ladies on these days made everyone extremely proud of them and the great bowls they played.
The singles contest capped off the week on Thursday, with Maxine having a really hard battle in her first game against J Monks from Park Beach.
Down 17-26, Maxine called on her skill and experience in big games to concentrate and work her way back with some fantastic bowls.
She went on to win 31-29.
She then continued her great form to take out the final over B Springle from Ocean Shores, 31-21.
Accompanying the Clarence teams, district officials including president Gail Cupples delighted in watching and supporting the ladies.
They were very proud of the efforts of all players and the manner in which they represented the District.
Well done to all representatives of the Clarence.