Women’s State Championships – Day 1 Wrap
The Bowls NSW Women’s State Championships have officially started and what better way to begin than with the blue-ribbon event, the State Singles.
Bowlers took to the pristine greens at South Tamworth Bowlo, and despite the heavy rain received over the last few days, the greens were running beautifully and at an exceptional pace. The morning Round of 16 matches saw two-time State Singles champion Sarah Boddington (Tuncurry Beach) up against Charlestown’s Raweang Namutwong, with the match becoming an instant classic. Both players were on the jack early, constantly exchanging shots. At the end of the match, when the pressure had peaked, Boddington proved why she is a two-time winner of this event, remaining composed and drawing beautifully to secure a 25 – 23 win.
Emma Pettit (Merimbula-Imlay) continued her winning ways, edging out Narrabri’s Lorraine Scott 25 – 20. Pettit was coming fresh from Dubbo, where days before she had won the Open Gender Grade 2 State Pennant with Merimbula-Imlay. In doing so, she joined Dawn Hayman (St Johns Park – Grade 1), Elaine Tindall (Sawtell – Grade 4) and Vicki Shannon (Manning Point – Grade 5) as the first female players to win an Open Gender State Pennant.
In the afternoon quarter-finals, Michelle Smith (Gerringong) was too consistent for Lynette Hickey (Kingswood) winning 25 – 10. Sarah Boddington also continued her consistent form running away with a 25 – 11 win over Emma Pettit. On the other half of the draw, Tanya Chaffey (Temora Ex-Services) put on a supreme display of draw bowling against Kaye Habermann (Commercial Albury) to record a 25 – 19 win. Bowling viewers can watch this match by viewing the live stream on the Bowls NSW Facebook page. Chaffey will now meet Merrill O’Sullivan (Dubbo City) in the semi-finals with Sarah Boddington up against Michelle Smith in the other match.