South Grafton drives it home

ELLA Whitford led her South Grafton team to a hard-fought win in the Clarence River District Women’s Bowls Association’s triples championship at Wooli on Tuesday, May 24.

Ella, along with her lead, Enid McKew and second Iris Heppell got off to a great start in the final against the Brooms Head-Sandon team skipped by Merle Ryan with Hannah Lindbeck leading and Ann Scott second.

In misty rain and heavy conditions, the battle looked as if it would be fairly even at the start, with both Hannah and Enid finding the mark early.

To their great credit, cool heads prevailed from the experienced South Grafton side.

Enid led calmly and picked up the jack with her second bowl, and then drew another, ensuring it would be hard for her team to go down 5 or 6.

It was a courageous effort by the Brooms Head-Sandon team, who never gave in.

But it was a polished, skilful game from the accomplished South Grafton team, who thoroughly deserved their victory.

Prior to the final, both finalists had been tested in the semi finals on a sunny Thursday, May 20.

These two games were good preparation for the tough final that was to follow.

The other semi saw a close tussle between the Broom’s Head Sandon trio and the Grafton combination of Ann James, Dawn Lawson and Joyce Weatherstone.

Joyce’s team got off to a great start, and skipped out to a handy 12-4 lead after 10 ends.

Both the defeated semi finalists must be congratulated on emerging from the field to contest these games and on the tough battles that eventuated.

And to all the other contestants, well done.

Congratulations also to the champions, Enid, Iris and Ella and to runners-up Hannah, Ann and Merle.



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