Stawell Blue wins first final

Stawell's Rita Pyke in action on the bowling green earlier in the season. Picture: Peter Pickering
Stawell's Rita Pyke in action on the bowling green earlier in the season. Picture: Peter Pickering

Stawell Blue has progressed straight to the grand final of the Grampians Bowls Division midweek competition after it won its final in Ararat on Monday.

The Blue team won all three rinks and finishes 62 shots to 53 winners against Stawell Golf Purple.

Kerry West had a narrow one-shot win against Dulcie Molan to give the minor premiers the win in the first rink.

The Blue team was behind on the scoreboard going into the final end but managed to pick up two shots to claim the victory.

Angela Hodgetts continued Blue’s win streak when she also had a one-shot win against Dawn Blackman 19-18.

Despite the Blue team winning the first two rinks, the Purple team only needed to win the third rink by three shots or more to progress straight through to the decider but it was not meant to be.

Rita Pyke handled the pressure well to record a seven-shot win against Ruth Hatton 22-15 to ensure Blue won the match.

The Blue team will now go straight into the grand final and play the winner of the preliminary final to decide the division’s midweek premiers on Monday February 27.   

West said the team’s consistency was the most pleasing part of the win.

"Every team member played their part and played some nice shots during the match,” she said.

"As a skip I just want everyone to get their bowls close to the jack, so they made my job a little easier.”

The team will now have a week off after winning straight through to the decider.

West said the week off will not disadvantage the team’s momentum.

"There is lots of bowls to be played with tournaments and social games,” she said.

"Conditions were very cool and a bit windy so we had to play to the conditions but the green played well, so it was a good match.”

West said she has no clear preference of who she wants to face in the decider.

"As far as the club is concerned, it would be best if we played Gold to show the selection team picked the teams evenly and it would obviously be good for the club as a whole as well,” she said.

The other final was more one-sided with Stawell Gold getting a comfortable win against Stawell Golf Pink and knocking the Pink team out of the finals.

The Gold team swept Pink and finished 92 shots to 49 winners. 

Joy Seeary got Gold off to a winning start when she notched up a seven shot victory against Barb Hurley 27-20.

Ellen Werry faced off with Annette Dwyer with the Gold player winning easily 32-18 to put her team within reach of a preliminary final berth.

The Gold team were not finished yet with Denise Troeth having the biggest win of the match against Enid Reid.

It was a dominant performance from Troeth who led from the start of the match to win by 22 shots and finished with a 33-11 scoreline to complete the match.

Werry said the team will need to be careful not to be too overconfident after the win.

“Going on the performance from this week we should be confident about the preliminary final but you should never take any match too lightly,” she said.

The win sets up a match between Stawell Golf and Stawell Golf Purple at Aradale Bowling Club on Monday.