Esperance bowls Men’s and Women's Pennants

League Championship Fours winners: Jill Burnside, Fran Norwood, Elaine Rule and Margie Rance. Photo: supplied.
League Championship Fours winners: Jill Burnside, Fran Norwood, Elaine Rule and Margie Rance. Photo: supplied.

Men’s Pennants

South East Coastal men’s bowls pennants kicked off on Saturday with ladies filling in where some teams were short.

Esperance Gold travelled out to Condingup to play Condy 2. Bluey Williams kept up his good form and club newcomer Paul Maringoni showed he will be a asset to their colour. For Condy 2, great to see Mark Bratten bring his class back. Scores: Bluey Williams beat Kim Beales side 27 to 15; Bill Gurney’s side just beat David Smith’s 19 to 18; Charlie Osmetti lost to Ted Young’s side 21 to 22; Aggregate Esperance Blue 67 to Condy 2 55; Points: Esperance Blue 5 points to Condy 2 -1 point.

Scaddan were the victors in the grand final replay against Esperance White. Barry Wroth was the difference in Buck Rodgers win over Frank Stone’s team 16 to 13. Kevin Baker’s side went down to Robbie Tate’s side 15 to 24 with Tate showing he is a class act. Richard Major’s nemesis, Scaddan rose again with his team going down to Sam Horley’s side 21 to 24. Aggregate Scaddan 61 points to Esperance White 52 points. Points: Scaddan 5 points to Esperance White 1 point.

Esperance Blue hosted Condy 1 with a star studded side under Laurie Clare going down to Condy 1’s Peter Eardly 11 to 25. There were a few concerns at end 13 on whether it was going to be a pants job.

Esperance Bowling Club (Inc): Robbie Suter showed his versatility in moving to a skipper for Condy 1 in his just win over Frank Beccarelli’s side 20 to 19. Another pennant newcomer Scott Willis showed that practice is an advantage in his first pennant game for Esperance Blue. Ron Duckworth returned to pennants after a break and led his Esperance Blue team to a just win over Evergreen Len Chapman’s side 17 to 16. Aggregate Esperance Blue 47 to Condy 1 – 61 points. Condy 1 managed 5 points to Esperance Blue 1 point.

Ladie’s Pennants

The second round of Ladies pennants for Esperance Blue was played last week in very windy conditions against Condingup at Condingup Sportsman’s club.

On rink one the team of Marg Cahill, Elaine Rule, Carmel McEwan and Fran Norwood got off to a very slow start and had to claw a 19 to 1 point lead back.  Condingup quickly adapted to the cross winds with Sue Burgham giving them great lead bowls backed up by Di Chapman and Rachael Young. The 11th end saw a resurgence from Esperance with Elaine Rule and Fran Norwood drawing well and playing the shorter ends. Skipper Marg Cahill came in with her strong up shots and Esperance were able to peg the strong Condy lead back. However Condy were not to be denied and led by the strong saving bowls of skipper Rachael Young Condingup were able to hold onto their lead to take the match by a single point. 

On rink two the Esperance team of Jill Burnside, Sue Virgo, Marg Blanchette and Margie Rance struggled to find form in the trying conditions. The Condingup team of Veronica Mickel, Judy Lithgow, Sue Browning and Shelley Smith got off to a handy lead and were consistent the whole game. In the ends that saw Esperance Blue holding shots, skipper Veronica Mickel consistently playing yard on shots, was able to convert the head which allowed Condingup to retain their strong lead and take the match out with a handy nine-point lead.  Results were Condingup four points, Esperance nil.