Three-peat for Morss
Women’s State Fours Wrap
Helen Morss has skippered a three-peat of titles as she combined with Manning team mates Therese Hastings and Laura Merz with Perth and Tatts Lisa Smith to claim the Dyenamic State Fours at Manning Memorial Bowling Club. They defeated the Mosman Park team of Lisa Featherby, Linda Warburton, Denise Kelly and Trish Cunningham in a come from behind win 22-13.
Both teams came into the final in great form Morss’s side having a comprehensive win over the Composite side of Karen Miller (Albany), Cathy Taylor (Osborne Park), Beryl Cooper (Middleton Beach) and Karen Dye (Gnowangerup) 25-6. Whilst Featherby and her team were in terrific form defeating the Manning team of Shari Solly, Robyn Jolly, Sue Hogg and Helen Heal 22-9.
In the final Featherby’s team really applied the pressure from the start, in particular Denise Kelly was bowling well, getting close on many occasions as they opened up a 6-0 lead with a run of twos on each of the first three ends. On the next end the Mosman Park team was again holding shot however Featherby needed to get another bowl in the head. In doing so she shifted the jack which unfortunately went to the opposition, Morss was able to add a counter and her side was suddenly on the board with a much needed score of three.
Mosman Park scored another two on the next end to lead 8-3 however after that it was all Morss’s team as they only lost three more ends.
Leader Lisa Smith playing for her first state title having overcome a nervous start lifted her game, along with Merz and Hastings drawing well and suddenly Morss’s team had levelled the scores at 9-9 at the half way mark. Another two good ends saw them race to a 14-9 lead however the Mosman Park foursome still had some fight in them as they picked up two ends in a row to once again close the margin to 14-13. Another score of three for Morss got them back in control and the next end proved the most decisive of the match. Featherby’s team had one of their best ends with three extremely close bowls before Morss played the shot of the match when she drove and removed them all whilst leaving her own close bowl in the head. Featherby played a great bowl in response but just come up short as her side trailed 18-13 with just three ends to play. Morss’s team then showed their brilliance winning the last two ends to claim the title.
The win gives Therese Hastings an amazing seven State Fours victories, six of these have been with Morss in what has been an amazing and almost unstoppable combination in Women’s bowls.