Tournament victory for EP bowls squad

TOURNAMENT WINNERS: The Eyre Peninsula team celebrated a win at the Country Round Robin at the Payneham Bowling Club in February. Names in story. Picture: Supplied
TOURNAMENT WINNERS: The Eyre Peninsula team celebrated a win at the Country Round Robin at the Payneham Bowling Club in February. Names in story. Picture: Supplied

Eyre Peninsula enjoyed success at the 2018 Country Round Robin tournament in Adelaide last month.

Eyre Peninsula started the first day against North Eastern and battled well, with great bowling on display to win by five shots.

The heads were tight and once nerves were put aside a high level of bowls was shown, with Ally Baldock’s team standing out for their excellent team bowls.

On the first afternoon EP took on Upper North and once again performed with distinction to win by 27 shots, with Helen Minhard’s team taking the honours.

The next day the opposition was the formidable South Eastern, who had also won their opening two matches.

The score fluctuated all morning and only went Eyre Peninsula’s way with six ends to go, ending in an 11-shot win, with Ally Baldock’s team again the top side.

This took Eyre Peninsula into the afternoon’s games with three wins and the ladies went out to show all those watching why they were a force to be reckoned with against Eastern, who also had three wins, and never looked like losing.

All rinks showed their class by demolishing their opposition, in a magnificent display of team bowling on a 17-second green where the Eyre Peninsula women won by a phenomenal 64 shots.

This took them into the third day well on top of the ladder as the only side to have won all four games.

Yorke Peninsula were next and having lost their first two games they revamped the team and proceeded to win their next two and were out to take another scalp.

It was a hard-fought game with some exceptional bowls which in the end fell the way of Yorke Peninsula by 11 shots.

Eyre Peninsula knew that to cement top spot they had to win the afternoon’s game against Lower North.

Overall scores changed on many occasions but it came down to the last end on Helen’s rink for a do-or-die win.

Everybody had finished except this rink and with scores one up after Carlene Fraser got shot with her last bowl, it was left to the captains to decide Eyre Peninsula’s fate.

Minhard’s first bowl unfortunately changed the head and the team was facing a draw with the opposing captain not able to alter the score, then with amazing composure in front of a nervous crowd, Minhard pulled out a miraculous shot with her last bowl which saw her, with perfect weight, roll out the shot bowl for enough to bring in two Eyre Peninsula bowls for a three-shot win.

That victory crowned Eyre Peninsula the winner of the 2018 Country Round Robin.

The final day saw the winner take on Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island and with nerves gone some beautiful bowls were on show. Once again it came down to the last rink, playing the last bowls to finish the game, as EP went down by two shots.

Pictured are: Carol Thomas, Eileen Fitzgerald, Trish Clarke, Chris Hayman, Jenny Gosling, Angie Turner (obscured), Sandra Blacker, Glenys McCracken, Vickie Lehmann (obscured), Ally Baldock, Chris Gardner, Helen Minhard, Deb Larwood, Sue Fisher, Sharon Sheehan, Kerryn Hibbit, Lily Perin, Karen Lynch, Janine Brown, Sue Rumbelow, Carlene Fraser, Jacki Field and manager Di Eatts.