Good luck to our very talented Grade 4 Pennant team who will be playing in the State Pennants playoff at Culburra Bowling Club this week The first match will be played on Tuesday 18th August.
The games will be very competitive and the girls will meet some "real characters" so I hope they really relax and enjoy the experience.
If they are successful and reach the finals, that game will be played at Bomaderry Bowling Club on Friday 21st August.
For information on the playoffs go to http://www.womensbowlsnsw.org/Events/State-Pennant-Play-Off
Photo taken just after we beat Milton-Ulladulla 43-32 hence the smiles.
West Pennant Hills Grade 4 team went to the State play offs in Culburra last week (18th August). Arrangements had been made for a roll up at noon on the Monday so off we went. To say the conditions were difficult would be an understatement. The green was lightning fast and there was a strong cross wind. On the wide side you had to aim beyond the centre of the next rink and on the narrow side no wider than a metre from the centre line. We noticed that we were not alone when it came to difficulty getting near the jack.
That night I performed occasional rain dances with some success as there was overnight rain which slowed things a bit. Out we went for our first game and as luck would have it we had drawn the team that was to go on and win the Pennant. Unfortunately both teams lost to Tura Beach.
The afternoon game was just as tough though Jeanette's team came within a whisker of winning their game. They were tied going into the last end and it all came down to an umpire measure for shot. Unfortunately the decision went the other way and they lost by one point. Well done Iluka.
At dinner that night we all resolved to redeem ourselves and win the next day. We started slowly and at one stage were about 11 points behind to Milton-Ulladulla on the master board. Determination kicked in and we drew level then went ahead to win 43-32. There was much excitement and many photos taken of the score boards. Yes we also took photos of the players.
All the people we met were very friendly which made for a pleasant experience. We dined at the Culburra Bowling Club each night and the food was excellent. The kitchen is closed on a Monday night and we wondered what we would do for dinner as suitable restaurants were a fair way away. Culburra Bowling Club came to the rescue. They allowed us to go in and rearrange tables to fit the 19 of us (players, partners, coach and manager). BBQ chickens, bread rolls and salads were purchased at Woolworths who kindly cut it up and put it all in trays for us. Lindt chocolate balls were our dessert. So we did not starve and had a most enjoyable evening. We cleaned up after ourselves even taking our glasses back to the bar so WPH bowlers are more than welcome any time in Culburra.
Hopefully it will not be too long before West Pennant Hills once more make it to the state play offs and maybe even bring back the Pennant.
by Kaye Eagle
WPH LADIES STATE PLAYOFF’S – CULBURRA BOWLING CLUB
Teams: Kaye Bailey, Helen Quinlan, Kaye Eagle, Rosemary Rolles.
Lorraine Singh, June Huntley, Rosemary Roles, Jeanette Egan.
Reserves: Cass Joyce, Shauna Geraghty.
Side Manager: Denis Hopkins.
Teams Coach: Kevin Tuckerman.
Monday 17th. August.
Training was conducted on a Green running at 18 seconds with a strong cross-wind. The Players found it very challenging, but enjoyed the opportunity to practice on a fast green.
Tuesday 18th August (AM) – WPH vs Tura Beach:
After practicing on a fast green, the first game was held on the ‘crocquet green’, set up for bowls, but running at 13 seconds. Both Teams found it very difficult, with many deliveries only reaching halfway. Unfortunately neither Team performed to their potential and incurred a heavy loss (53-20).
Tuesday 18th August (PM) – WPH vs Iluka:
The afternoon game was back on a fast green and the Players performed much better. Both Teams lost, but Jeanette Egan’s Team lost by one shot on the very last bowl of the game (43-30).
Wednesday 19th (AM) – WPH vs Milton Uladulla:
Back on the Green the Players trained on, and it all came together. Both Teams played as a ‘team’ and each finished with a win. On one early end, Rosemary Rolles was 6 down when she stepped on the mat. With her first bowl, she had a staying toucher on the Jack, resulting in a 7 shot turnaround.
In Jeanette Egan’s Team, June Huntley was suffering from a heavy cold, and had to stop halfway through the game. Cass Joyce was selected as her replacement, and with no rollup and minimal practice, slotted into the team and made her presence felt.
All players performed on the day, with a determination to finish the Playoff on a high. It was pleasing to see both Skips ‘high fiving’ their players during the change of ends.
As the Team Coach accompanying the Players, I was very proud of the Players performance under very difficult circumstances. They did WPH Sports Club proud, and the experience gained will be a benefit the next time they make the Playoffs.
Finally, a thank you to Denise Hopkins who managed the Teams, Shauna Geraghty who graciously accepted Cass’s selection as June’s replacement, Michael Schwarcz who also assisted in the coaching but was unable to accompany the Teams, and finally, the Player’s husbands who came down to support them.
by Kevin Tuckerman