Skip Trish Marr, of the winning St Clair team, delivers a
bowl during the semifinals of the Dunedin women's fours
championships against North East Valley yesterday. Photo by
Trish Marr's St Clair team held on desperately to win the
Bowls Dunedin women's open fours last night.
The St Clair team of Marr, Carolyn Crawford, Gaynor Moss,
Daphne Hynes beat sue Hodges, Cindi Ewart, Mary Stevenson and
Marion Hambleton (Outram) 16-13 in a tense final.
Heavy rain caused both the men's singles and the women's
fours to be transferred to the Westpac Indoor Bowls Stadium.
It was the seventh centre title for Marr, the 19th for
Crawford, the 16th for Hynes and the first for Moss.
Marr had the magic touch and played some superb shots to give
St Clair a 12-0 lead after just six ends and it was still in
front 14-1 after nine of the 15 ends.
Marr was not confident of a win at that stage.
''Sometimes a confident early start can lead to a lapse
Marr killed the first end when St Clair was two shots down on
the head and on the second end drove out the Outram shot bowl
to gain the point.
On the third end she trailed the jack for two shots when one
down on the head.
The fifth end was decisive when St Clair drew five shots to
lead 10-0. Marr added two bonus shots on that end.
The other star of the St Clair team was veteran Hynes, who
dominated the lead bowls and made seven touchers.
She kept putting pressure on Outram and gave St Clair the
early advantage on each end.
Third-year bowler Moss was nervous at the start but once she
settled, she played some accurate positioning shots.
Crawford left her best for the final ends, when St Clair was
trying desperately to stop Outram's finishing rush. She used
her experience to put bowls close to the jack and did this
superbly on the replay of the 15th end.
Hodges was the best of the Outram team and gave her side hope
when she trailed the jack for three on the 10th end when
Outram was two down on the head. That was the start of the
fightback. Outram scored 12 shots on the last six ends.
''It was anyone's game at that stage,'' Marr said.
''It was quite nerve-wracking.''
The other strong player for Outram was Hambleton, who was
playing third and was able to play pressure bowls. She made
five touchers in the game.
In the semifinals, St Clair beat Kay Hammond, Abbey Dugdale,
Rebecca Jelley, Shona Mann (North East Valley) 14-11 and
Hodges beast Gloria Shine (Andersons Bay) 16-15.
Blair Barringer (Fairfield) was the giant killer in the men's
open singles, beating two of the stars of Dunedin bowls.
In the quarterfinals, he beat New Zealand singles champion
Shaun Scott (North East Valley) 21-14 and in the semifinals
he downed former Commonwealth Games singles bronze medallist
Mike Kernaghan (Kaikorai) 21-18.
Kernaghan was leading 18-11 before Barringer fought back with
his accurate draw bowls .
The other semifinal was won by Terry Scott (North East
Valley) when he outplayed Alan Auguston (Andersons Bay) 21-6.
Terry Scott and Barringer will play the final at Fairfield on
Wednesday, from 6.30pm.