Small, Dr­nasin win thriller

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

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