Featherby & Brandsma Masters Champions

by Aaron Delaporte on October 18, 2022

Mosman Park’s Lisa Featherby and Kalamunda’s Bill Brandsma have combined to win the Stirling Mixed Masters Pairs in the most dramatic circumstances. This event played primarily on the indoor green at Stirling Bowling Club from October 14-16 saw an amazing finish unfold.

Sectional play began on Friday night with four sections including Featherby and Brandsma who were lucky to survive a very tough section. They won their opening match 14-5 over Stewart Gosstray and Belinda Lehman (Doubleview) but then went down to Scott Walker (South Perth) and Linda Warburton (Mosman Park) 10-13 which left an anxious wait hoping Gosstray would defeat Walker in the last match and fortunately for them that is what occurred allowing them to move into the Sunday finals.

Another 6 sections were completed on Saturday with tournament favourites Cody Packer (Osborne Park) and Kaitlin Tyrrell (Manning) losing their section on a count back and last years winners Shane Loftus and Julie Savell (Osborne Park) also bundled out. However the talented Laura Merz and Blake Butler (Manning) went through along with Kevin Pickering and Pam Chalmers (Osborne Park).

These two teams provided one of the best clashes in the semi finals with Pickering and Chalmers prevailing in a tight 15-11 win. Featherby and Brandsma had three comfortable wins progressing to the final. They defeated Carlsen/Cooper (North Beach) 17-4, Pauling/Spragg (Composite) 15-4 and Pasalich/Saunders (Osborne Park) 13-5.

The final was real tight affair for most of the match but the Osborne Park pair of Pickering and Chalmers looked to be getting on top. They held a nice four on one end when a lucky Featherby drive saw them collect a fortunate one shot and keep them in the match.

With the title on the line Featherby and Brandsma were three behind however the duo had set a plan with Brandsma leading he had placed a bowl behind the head. Featherby was right in the area with her first and trailed the jack back to this waiting catcher. Pickering tried to reduce the count and with Featherby adding a third suddenly the scores were level. Pickering again failed to reduce the count and Featherby saved her best for the last end added another counter for a score of four to win the match 12-11 in a thrilling finish.

Thank you to all those who participated and also to Stirling Bowling Club for hosting.

Stirling Mixed Masters Pairs Results

The next event on the Dyenamic Masters Calendar will be the Bassendean Men’s Masters Triples, for more details and how to enter please visit this link – https://www.bowlswa.com.au/2022/09/29/mens-masters-triples-open/