Women’s Pairs Sectional Play Preview.
30 Teams will compete in the Women’s fours
on Tuesday, with 8 sections at two clubs. Sections 1 – 6 will compete at
Spreyton Bowls Club, while Sections 7 and 8 compete at Latrobe.
Section 1 has some brilliant lead match ups
that look set to deliver some great draw bowling. Bronny King, Jessica
McMullen, Jean Claridge and Jorja Maughan will all be out to prove they have
what it takes to match it with the best and the games in this section could
very easily be determined by the leads bowls on the day.
Section 2, I am tipping to be won by the
experienced team of Debra Lee and Sonia Martyn. The duo both have a great
selection of shots up their sleeve and will be hard to outplay in this form of
In Section 3, past winners Kim Saunders
and Gaylene Elsworthy are my tip for the day, but Kim’s club mates Vicki Winley
and Chris Direen are the dark house for me.
Section 4 is one of two sections with a
bye, and teams will need to be on the ball from the get go, with time spent off
the green often a disadvantage. The favourites for this section are Courtney
Hobbs and Hollie Keen, Keen has paired with Tasmanian teammate Hobbs after
winning the even last season with Mikayla Fuller.
Section 5 looks evenly matched between the
two Northern and two Southern teams. The Buckley sister combo will come up
against club mates, Laura Best and Carmel Rainbird during the day and with such
a close section every shot could count if the day ends without a three game
Section 6 is the one to watch with Rebecca
Van Asch teaming up with long time pairs partner Erin Sesara, in her only event
of the tournament due to work commitments. Van Asch will be looking to make the
most of her chances, focusing all her energy on the pairs this year. They duo
will face some strong competition, with solid combinations including Rae
Simpson and Lyn Quarrell who are always hard to beat.
Section 7 sees the second bye and my tip
for this one is Mary Beaumont. Beaumont is as experienced as they come in these
events and the Latrobe home ground advantage may be too hard for her opponents
on the day to over come.
Round 1 in Section 8 could prove vital to
Lyn Triffitt and Dee Harman when the points are added at the end of the day.
Alison Venn and Jackie Knight will set things up for their skips, allowing both
Dee and Lyn to play their natural game. I am tipping the Harman and Venn pair
to progress through to the quarter final.
By Courtney Hobbs