Congratulations to our 2017 Tasmanian Open Fours Champions

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The 2017 Tasmanian ours Championships have been run and won at the Devonport Bowls Club today.

Coastal team Luke Richardson, Rodney Horton, Callan Butler and Cameron Griffiths were the first team through to the men’s fours final after a dominant win in the semi final against northern rink Kevin Rowlings, Josh Walker-Davis, Nick Webb and Andrew Appleyard.  There opponents were Peter Bannister, Steve Graf, David Heron and Shannon Kerec after they defeated the Devonport Rink of Tristan Bates, Blair Fidler, Dale Smith and Derwent City’s Isaac Maughan in the semi final earlier in the day.

It was Bannister and team that first jumped out to a lead in the final scoring a 2 and 1 in the first two ends, however Richardson’s four soon jumped back scoring two 4’s in a row.  Just before the halfway mark on 8 ends the scores were locked at 9 shots a piece before Richardson and team stepped things up a gear.

The composite Bannister side failed to score again after this, dropping the next 9 ends in a row to push the score out to 21 – 9.  With only a maximum 8 shots on offer on the final end there was no need to play on. 

Congratulations to Richardson, Horton, Butler and Griffiths on an outstanding victory.

The women’s final was a much closer affair with the lead changing hands four times throughout the match. 

Courtney Hobbs, Kim Saunders, Deb Lee and Gaylene Elsworthy made their way through to the final after a strong performance in the earlier semi final against the Buckingham team of June Guy, Janet Rutherford, Kathryn Atkinson and Helen Lester winning 19-10 with an end to spare.

While the Latrobe team of Erin Sesara, Mary Beaumont, Shiron Beavis and Rosny Park’s Judy Reeve had a much tighter match against the Southern combination of Lyn Triffitt, Leonie Price, Jackie Knight and Jeanette Lane winning 14-13.

Hobbs and team were the first team to get a handle on the green jumping out to an 8-3 lead after 6 ends.  Sesara’s four hit back and hit the lead for the first time on end 13 when they were just 13-12 in front.  Team Hobbs hit back with a score of 3 to take the lead once more, but Sesara wasn’t to be denied and won the remaining 4 ends to take out the eventual title 19-15.

Congratulations to Sesara, Beaumont, Beavis and Reeve on adding to their State Title collection.

Play will continue tomorrow at Devonport Bowls Club when the men’s and women’s pairs continue. 

The men’s round of 16 will commence at 9.30am before being joined by the women for the quarter finals at 12pm.