Women’s State Championships – Day 7 Wrap

by Billy Johnson

There was no shortage of quality play as the sixteen regional qualifiers took to the greens for the Women’s Open State Pairs Championship. The highlight of the day was Karen Moxey and Amanda Hawke from the small town of Delungra qualifying for the semi-finals. With just nine female members in their bowling club, the Delungra duo have well and truly outdone themselves in winning through, and have won over the Tamworth locals in the process. After winning 23 – 7 against Towradgi Park in the morning, they faced Urunga in the quarter finals on the live stream rink.

With three ends to play, Delungra trailed 15 – 10 with many believing that a comeback would just out of reach. Moxey and Hawke thought differently, picking up a 5 and a 2 to force an extra end with the scores locked at 17 – 17. Under immense pressure, all four players performed exceptionally well in the extra-end, but it was Karen Moxey’s final bowl at third – a front toucher – that proved to be the winning shot that sent them through to the semis.   

In the other matches, Cabramatta’s Jamie-Lee Worsnop and Ellen Ryan are through to another championship semi-final after overcoming Betty Herbertson and Melissa Witts (Soldiers Point) in a titanic Round of 16 match 19 – 17. From there, the Cabramatta duo outgunned a valiant Dalmeny side 19 – 9. Engadine and Port City are also through to the semi-finals, with both teams recording two solid wins in their first day of play.  

In the Senior Pairs, 2020 winners and defending champions Jilly Bird and Lee Benson have made the perfect start to their campaign, winning both matches against tough opposition. In the Round of 16, they took an early lead against Culcairn, and despite a late push they managed to take the match 19 – 14. They continued their good form in the quarter final, accounting for the strong St Johns Park combination of Glenda Mungkung and Maria Giorgi 24 – 10. They now face Rhonda Littlewood and Halina Wuro (Charlestown) in what will no doubt be a cracking match. Inverell Sporties and Yamba have also made it through to the semi-finals with solid performances throughout the day.

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