Merrylands take top honours at State Lawn Bowls Carnival

Action from the finals of the State Bowls Carnival.

THE 85th State Lawn Bowls Carnival was held over five days at the Bomaderry Bowling Club.

Over 750 women from 250 teams came together to battle it out for top spot on the bowling green and the $2000 cash prize.

Sixteen teams made the play-offs, but only eight made it to the final day, including Merrylands, Heaton Birmingham Gardens, Engadine, four from Victoria and one team from Queesnland.

MERRY TIMES: State Carnival Winners form Merrylands Bowling Club Cheryl Gillard, Jan Rolph, Betty Herbertson and skip Val Smith.

MERRY TIMES: State Carnival Winners form Merrylands Bowling Club Cheryl Gillard, Jan Rolph, Betty Herbertson and skip Val Smith.

The presentation to the winning team was made on Friday afternoon over a sit-down luncheon at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

The carnival started on Sunday, May 25 with a fun night with the theme The Mad Hatters Dinner at Bomaderry Bowling Club.  

The Auditorium was packed with hats of all shapes and sizes and we were treated to a delicious two course meal and fun entertainment with St Georges Basin women led by regional representative Meg McClure putting on two skits, which were hilarious.

The carnival got underway on Monday, May 26 with three days of bowls at nine venues, Bomaderry, Culburra, Huskisson, Milton Ulladulla, Nowra, Shoalhaven Heads, Shoalhaven Ex Servicemen’s, St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet.  

PLENTY OF ACTION: Jan Rolph bowls a ball at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

PLENTY OF ACTION: Jan Rolph bowls a ball at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

The sectional playoffs and quarter-finals were played at Bomaderry Bowling Club on Thursday May 29, with fabulous displays of bowls and very close results.

The quarter finalists were Judith Cooke from Goulburn Rail, Anne Miles from Interstate Victoria, Val Smith from Merrylands, Deby Brien from Merrylands, Julea Morgan from Warilla, Bronwayn McPherson Engadine, Menka Weddell Newcastle and Fay Davidson from the Hills District.

The semi-finals and final were held at Bomaderry Bowling Club on Friday, May 30.   

BOWLS ACTION: Kerri Leask, Laureen Smith, Cheryl Gillard, Jan Rolph and Betty Herbertson at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

BOWLS ACTION: Kerri Leask, Laureen Smith, Cheryl Gillard, Jan Rolph and Betty Herbertson at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

The semi-finalists were Anne Miles team of Laureen Smith, Kerri Leask and Caroline Reilly this was a composite team from Victoria versus Val Smith’s team of Cheryl Gillard, Jan Rolph, Betty Herbertson from Merrylands.  

Val Smith’s team won after being one behind going into the 18th end when Val drew the absoluter to give them two shots and to take the game by one shot a real nail biter.  

The other semi finalists were Bronwyn McPherson’s  composite team of Lindy Lawson (Bomaderry) Christine Keep (Engadine), Julie Fuller (Roselands Flame)  they defeated Menka Waddell’s composite team from Newcastle area Lead Gay Robertson, Phyllis Haworth (Forster) and Wendy Adamson.    

The final was played in the afternoon with light rain falling for a few ends however it cleared up enough to allow the games to finish.    

Val Smith’s team from Merrylands defeated Bronwyn McPherson’s team from Engadine in a very exciting game with Val Smith’s team winning 14 to 13.  

The playoff for third and fourth was also played in the afternoon with Anne Miles Interstate composite team of Laureen Smith, Kerri Leask and Caroline Reilly defeating Menka Waddell’s composite team from Newcastle of Gay Robertson, Phyllis Haworth (Forster) and Wendy Adamson 27/16.

GREAT DAY: Christine Keep, Lydy Lawson, Wendy Adamson and Phyllis Hayworth enjoy the competition at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

GREAT DAY: Christine Keep, Lydy Lawson, Wendy Adamson and Phyllis Hayworth enjoy the competition at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

The players went into the club for the presentations with state president Robyn Proctor thanking Shoalhaven City Council and Bomaderry Bowling Club who were the principal partners in this event.

President Robyn also thanked the sponsors Uplift Tours and Travel,  Ian Hopper from BCIB, Greenmaster Bowls, Viking River Cruises, Jackies Bowls Shop and the Heart Foundation.

Also to district president Dorothy Sullivan and her committee and regional representative Meg McClure for all you have given to ensure the success of this event.   

A special thank you to Bomaderry President Judith Croft and her committee for the tireless work in hosting the Carnival and the Finals.   

HIGH PROFILE: No. 3 in the world, Val Smith and Anne Miles at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

HIGH PROFILE: No. 3 in the world, Val Smith and Anne Miles at the State Lawn Bowls Carnival at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

It was great to see Karen Murphy in attendance to present the winners with their Cheques and winners plagues.

Look forward to seeing you on the Greens.

Pat Stoddart

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