Russell, Tait set for battle in champion of champions final

REPRESENTATIVE MATCH: Bowlers keep a close eye on proceedings during the Provincial Shield at the Central Wendouree Bowling Club.
REPRESENTATIVE MATCH: Bowlers keep a close eye on proceedings during the Provincial Shield at the Central Wendouree Bowling Club.

Avenue’s Maree Russell will take on City Oval’s Michelle Tait in the Ballarat District Bowls Division women’s champion of champions singles final on Friday.

The decider will be played at Buninyong Bowling Club.

There has been some very close games leading up to the final.

Tait had a particularly tight quarter final match against Beth Huntley from Creswick. Tait held a very handy lead, but only emerged as a one-shot winner.

Friday’s final is set to begin from 4pm.

BALLARAT’S representative side has finished as runner-up once again in the Provincial Shield.

This year’s competition was hosted by the Ballarat District Bowls Division and played at the Central Wendouree Bowling Club in ideal weather conditions.

The Ballarat team was confident after beating last year’s winners Wimmera and then the Bendigo side.

In the last clash against Geelong, state squad member Matthew Flapper, whose rink had not won either of its earlier matches on the day, shot out to a commanding lead over Ballarat’s rink skippered by Col Johnson.

Equally impressive was another of Geelong’s rinks skippered by John O’Donnell, which had a strong win that secured the title for the visiting side.

Ballarat’s rinks skippered by Scott Roberts and Ben McArthur won matches, while Aaron Wood’s rink went down by a solitary shot in the final contest of the encounter.

McArthur’s rink won all of its three games on the day and proved to be the most consistent rink for the Ballarat outfit.

WINNERS: Elizabeth Kierce and Paul Lovell are pictured after their victory in the BDBD mixed pairs final.

WINNERS: Elizabeth Kierce and Paul Lovell are pictured after their victory in the BDBD mixed pairs final.

THERE was a thrilling final in the BDBD mixed pairs event between Anne Draffin/Glen Sargent and Elizabeth Kierce/Paul Lovell.

The clash was played at Sebastopol Bowling Club and went into a playoff end to determine the outcome.

With two ends to play, Kierce and Lovell held a five-shot lead and looked destined for a good win, until Draffin and Sargent forced the game into a tie-breaker.

Ultimately, Kierce and Lovell were able to hold on to the single shot required in the tie-breaker end to secure the title.

The winning duo will now progress to the next stage of the state championships.

RUNNERS-UP: Paul Tudorovic in action for the Ballarat District Bowls Division during the Provincial Shield. The BDBD finished second to Geelong in the event.

RUNNERS-UP: Paul Tudorovic in action for the Ballarat District Bowls Division during the Provincial Shield. The BDBD finished second to Geelong in the event.

THE Betty Middlin Pairs is scheduled to be played at Webbcona Bowling Club on Thursday, March 1.

Entry forms are now at clubs throughout the BDBD.

Elizabeth Kierce

Elizabeth Kierce

THE BDBD is conducting a 10-a-side teams challenge event on Wednesday, March 14 at Sebastopol Bowling Club.

Entry forms and conditions of play have been sent to clubs.

Entries close with Helene Stenning on Monday, March 5.

Stenning can be contacted on 0422 362 301.

SUCCESSFUL: Paul Lovell partnered Elizabeth Kierce to claim victory in the BDBD mixed pairs final over Anne Draffin and Glen Sargent. Pictures: Anthony McCabe.

SUCCESSFUL: Paul Lovell partnered Elizabeth Kierce to claim victory in the BDBD mixed pairs final over Anne Draffin and Glen Sargent. Pictures: Anthony McCabe.