Small, Drnasin win thriller
Dawn Small and Nevenka Drnasin pipped Janet Officer and Margaret Littlewood 16-15 in a thrilling women’s championship pairs final at Te Awamutu Bowling Club.
The newly-crowned champions held the early ascendancy to lead 9-5 after 11 ends.
Officer/Littlewood then scored six shots over the next four ends to hit the lead for the first time in the match, 11-10.
Back stormed Small/Drnasin scoring a four, then a two on the penultimate 17th end to lead 16-11.
Steering down the barrel of defeat, trailing by five shots, Officer/Littlewood very nearly pulled off the unthinkable on the final end by scoring four shots.
Both the finalist teams were fully extended in the semi-finals.
Small/Drnasin eliminated Judy Cato/ Diane Sharpe 19-17 after trailing 15-9 midmatch. Officer/Littlewood ousted Lynda Bennett/Annette Shilton 18-17 after leading 16-7 with four ends to play, conceding 10 shots on three of the last four ends.
Lyall Thomas skipped Chris Tait and Clark Ambury to victory in the men’s triples championship.
The winning trio won an absorbing final, 16-12, against Ken Parker, Lloyd Anderson and Dave Southey after leading 12-5 through 11 ends.
Four shots to Parker’s team on end 12, followed by a further three shots on ends 13 to 15 had the scores locked at 12-12 with three ends to play.
The match swung back in favour of Thomas with a winning sequence of 1, 2, 1 on ends 16, 17 and 18.
Thomas breathed a sigh of relief when his team scraped through their earlier semi-final with a 14-13 win over Terry Osment, Bryan Ryburn and Doug Barrass, having trailed their opponents for 11 of the 18 ends played.
Parker’s team had an equally tough time getting past Terry Young, Arthur Twyford and Jock Sinclair in their semifinal, winning 20-15 after trailing 12-9. A four on end 12 and three shots on end 15 helped get them home.