Last end thriller in Women’s Over 60’s Triples final

by Aaron Delaporte

The final of the Women’s Over 60’s State Triples saw North Beach’s Lee-Anne Green team up with Sorrento’s Nerrida Porteous and Lily Leach to produce a come from behind win over the composite team of Robyn Marland (Bayswater), Patience Hoad (Bayswater) and Leeanne Gray (Osborne Park) at the Osborne Park Bowling Club.

Earlier in the day Green had a 15-11 win over the composite team of Irene Arndt, Jenny Parker and Elizabeth Marshall in her semi-final. While Marland was too strong for Yunderup’s Janet Millar, Sandie Deves and Marie Hickey 24-18 in a closely fought contest.

The final was played in blustery conditions at Osborne Park and it was the Marland skipped team that raced to a 6-1 lead after 5 ends of the 18 end final. Another 4 ends of trading singles then saw Robyn Marland produce a great sitting shot with her last bowl to make 4 shots and put her team in a commanding 12-3 lead after 10 ends.

It was then that the Green skipped team dug deep and started to produce more consistent bowls despite the wind making consistency a very difficult skill. The fightback started with a 2 on the 11th end and looked to be gathering momentum when they got back to 9-12 after 13 ends.

Marland seemed to steady the ship by drawing two great shots when the jack had been moved just inside the boundary line and at 14-9 with 4 ends to play a win was in sight.

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The North Beach/Sorrento combination were not to be denied however and they kept coming with consecutive 3’s seeing them hit the lead with 2 ends to play and it was their turn to see a victory on the horizon. However, a great draw shot from Marland on the second last end saw scores fittingly level going into the last end after both teams had their own period of dominance throughout the match.

With a State Title on the line, it was Lily Leach form the lead position who stepped up to deliver the final blow. A front toucher that would last through the whole end saw Lee-Anne Green, Nerrida Porteous and Lily Leach triumphant and take the title 16-15 in a wonderful display by both teams despite the difficult conditions.

Women’s Over 60’s State Triples

Played: November 27 & 28 2019

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