Grinning winner: Grafton 2010 singles champion Dawn Rapley (left) with runner-up Annette Williams.
Grinning winner: Grafton 2010 singles champion Dawn Rapley (left) with runner-up Annette Williams.

Bowling rivals battle to win title

CONGRATULATIONS to Dawn Rapley who on Thursday won the 2010 Grafton Women’s Bowling Club Singles championship, after a hard fought game against Annette Williams.

Surprisingly, neither girl had ever won a singles championship, and in the past few months both have played lovely bowls.

Battling a strong gusty wind for the duration of the game, score after 9 ends was 7-7, after 16 ends 14-8 in Dawn’s favour, then Dawn powered ahead with beautiful draw shots to have a lead of 21-9 after 20 ends.

Annette began a great comeback winning the next four ends for a score of 18-21, the many rugged-up spectators sensing a great battle yet to come. With the wind becoming stronger, after 30 ends Annette cut the margin to two shots being 22-24.

Scores after 33 ends were 28-25 and Dawn annexed the title with three shots on the next end to take the game 31-25. Congratulations to both girls on a wonderful game.

At the conclusion of the game, president Maureen Whitton had pleasure in presenting the special gold filigree singles badge to Dawn presented to the then ladies club by the late coach, Mr Alan Smith in 1955. This badge has been played for yearly since that date and is certainly something to look forward to wearing for the next 12 months by singles players.

Prior to bowls, president Maureen welcomed visitor Doris Kirk, from Morrisett.

She urged members to read the latest Bowls News magazine which is full of information.

On behalf of members, happy birthday Maureen for Monday!

On behalf of the No 4 pennant team, Alma Bowling presented flowers and a memento to pennant team manager Betty Jukes with thanks for all she had done for the girls at Group pennant playoff at Cudgen several weeks ago.

Reserve Lola Robertson also received a gift for help given to Betty and the girls. Alma also presented Ron Woodward with a gift of appreciation. Alma said Ron “wore himself out” carrying bowls bags from one green to another, ran a shuttle service for the girls to and from the motel, as well as driving members to Cudgen and return home to Grafton safely.

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