Tournament victory for EP

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.

They went into the third day on top of the ladder as the only side to have won all four games.

Yorke Peninsula were next in a hard-fought game that, in the end, fell Yorke Peninsula’s way by 11 shots.

Eyre Peninsula had to win the afternoon game against Lower North to cement top spot.

It came down to the last end on Minhard’s rink for a do-or-die win.

With scores one up after Carlene Fraser got shot with her last bowl, it was left to the captains.

Minhard’s first bowl unfortunately changed the head and the team faced 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 roll out the shot bowl far enough to bring in two Eyre Peninsula bowls for a three-shot win.

​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.