Win in finale completes stellar season

Lyn Rance
Lyn Rance
Lyn Rance (Green Island) proved again she has little trouble with the transition from rink bowls in the summer months to the indoor version during winter as another stellar indoor season has proved.

Her victory in the Otago Indoor Bowls Association season finale, the women's champion of champion singles last Sunday, was testament to her skill and valuable contribution to Otago and the Green Island club.

On the way to winning her 25th association title, Rance progressed through the early rounds untroubled, but had to fight Marilyn Holmes (Momona) tooth and nail for a spot in the semifinal when she ground out a hard-fought 9-8 victory

From then on, it was one-way traffic as she accounted for Stephne Derrett (Kew) 12-7 in the semifinal and defeated Georgia Watt (Wakari) 14-6 in the final.

Rance came into the indoor bowls season this year following more success on the local bowling greens, particularly in combining with Green Island clubmate Fay Cosgrove to win the Bowls Dunedin open women's pairs.

The pair have 37 titles between them - Rance has 22 and Cosgrove has 15 - and have been a formidable combination for the past 23 years.

In April, she was a member of the Otago team that won the national mixed fours indoor bowls title.

The team included two Green Island club mates in Mat Black Daniel French and Keri Te Tamaki and was completed by David Webb (Wakari).

Mid-season this team won the South Island regional national mixed fours in Invercargill, and went on to finish runner-up in the national final in Tauranga last month.

She was also a member of the Green Island team that included Te Tamaki, Stephne Joyce and Diane Sinclair that won the prized Crawford Cup fours, defeating Hillhead 8-7 in a tense encounter.

The strength of Green Island was evident in an all-Green Island final for the mixed pairs, in which Rance and team-mate Max Grey were defeated 11-5 by Andrew Thompson and Joyce

In men's competition, former Mat Black Ray Webster (Forbury Park) dominated the champion of champions men's singles, notching some impressive victories.

But he was taken to the wire in the final by Kristen Gould (Brockville), clawing his way to an 11-10 victory.

Earlier in the season, Webster combined with Forbury Park team-mate Jill O'Gorman to win the Otago open pairs.

In national competition, he finished runner-up in the national masters fours with Barry Cadogan, Marilyn Holmes and Janice Webster

Throughout the season, French and emerging talent David Webb were forces to reckon with.

French won the champion of champion pairs and Otago fours titles, was runner-up in the champion of champion fours and invitational pairs with Marilyn Irvine and runner-up in national mixed pairs.

Webb won the Hensilite men's singles and skipped the Wakari fours to victory in the Smaill Trophy, and finished runner-up in the Otago fours.

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