Windsor and Springwood shared the spoils on Thursday by winning the senior and open fours titles respectively at Penrith Bowling club on an overcast and somewhat rainy Thursday.
Glenbrook had a team qualify for each final, but they finished as runners-up on both occasions.
The weather did hold for the most part and there weren’t too many delays and in the senior final the Windsor team of Karen Lee, Betty Cox, Val Cant and Ann Gosden were off to a shaky start as they were behind 11-2 after 10 ends against a Glenbrook team consisting of Glenda Lee, M Henry, N Little and Mary Auld.
Gosden’s team appeared to be all out of kilter early on, before mounting a substantial comeback and momentum change in the match as they suddenly awoke from their slumber and roared into gear on the 11th end.
Windsor suddenly found their rhythm, line and length.
Whereas they’d been short early, they were suddenly on the jack and could do no wrong from that point on, as they went away with it, winning rather convincingly by the 20th by a scoreline of 27-11.
Earlier in the day they’d easily accounted for their own Windsor club-mates in Helen Chapman, Kay Leonard, Cecily Foster and Chris Norkaitis by 30-8 in their all-Windsor semi-final, while the Glenbrook team accounted for Cindy Caruthers team from Kingswood.
In the Open final, the match was much closer from the get-go, as both Springwood and Glenbrook traded blows and shared ends, as the score went up in ones and twos.
As she’d done in her semi-final Heather Dossantos, who won the Merrylands Under 5 tournament last year, showed that same form and was at her scheming best.
She was ably supported by her team in Katrina Middlebrook, Sylvia Mollison and Karen Coleman who’d all played well throughout the tournament, as they’d easily accounted for Kaye Neich’s Windsor team consisting of Jan Rowsell, Tiiu Haley and Caroline Layt 26-9 in their semi-final.
They’d also beaten Michelle Mullaney’s team on the way through in their second round match and this was no small feat, as Mullaney’s Austral team were state pennants champs last year in Division 4.
The fact they won the tournament is a wonderful feat, as they so easily could’ve missed their first round match, except for a quirk of fate, as they thought they had a first round bye, but headed down from the mountains on the Monday to support their Springwood mates and soon realised they were playing.
Play they did, and it’s all history and academic now, as they beat Sharleyne Wilson’s team from Camden on their way to winning another District Fours championship.
They didn’t have it all their own way, as Glenbrook’s skip Lisa Cook had also been at her scheming best all tournament and had rolled in some beautiful shots to keep her team moving through the rounds and semi- final.
She was also ably supported by her Glenbrook team mates in H. Smith, K. Mulvihill-Wray and D. Carnevale.
But in the end Springwood were too good in the final and their class showed, as they pulled away in the end to win by 10 shots.
Both Nepean District championship winning teams will now be representing their district at state later in the year.
District semi-final team and winners photos with progressive draw through the rounds are below (photos courtesy of Ian Tempest and draw information from Nepean Ladies Bowls Facebook page). Feature image: Caroline Layt