Eastern Region runners-up at Prestige Medley bowls

Runners-up: The Eastern team came second in the Prestige Medley competition. Photo: Supplied.

Runners-up: The Eastern team came second in the Prestige Medley competition. Photo: Supplied.

The Eastern Region women’s side finished second in the Prestige Medley held at Marion Bowling Club on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12.

This was one better than their third finish in the recent Country Round Robin.

12 South Australian Regions competed for the Kluske/Rogers Shield, with each side providing nine players, pairs, triples and fours.

Three Murray Bridge players were involved in the team, Joan Jackson, Helen Lindner and Kristeena Kirchner played and Lindner skippered the triples. 

Ivy Kluske also attended as Bowls SA past president.

Two points are allocated for each team win and six points for the side win.

The first game against Metro West on Saturday morning was a nail biter.

The overall score was even with one end to play in the fours.

A magnificent draw shot by Joan Jackson defied all attempts to remove it and gave the fours a six-shot win to enable the Eastern side a one-shot overall win.

The second game against the powerful Yorke Peninsula saw a comfortable 26-shot win, with Christine Keller’s fours winning by 16 shots and Helen Linder’s triples by 13.

Eastern’s good bowling continued in the late afternoon against another metropolitan squad from the north.

Keller’s fours again did well, winning by nine shots, and some beautiful bowling by Lindner’s triples saw a 13-shot win.

Some beautiful bowling by Lindner’s triples saw a 13-shot win.

A weather change the following morning brought gusty winds and frequent showers, but the magnificent grass greens at Marion stood up in the conditions.

The first game against long-time rivals Eyre Peninsula was another heart stopper, with Keller’s fours being the only winners and forcing a draw on the last end.

The final game against North Eastern started well, but the weather deteriorated, and play was halted on several occasions allowing the heavy showers to pass.

However, the Eastern pairs skippered by Alex Reynolds scored a one-shot win, and with wins from both the triples and the fours, gave a full score to allow Eastern to finish on top of Pool A, by one point over Yorke Peninsula.

The final game against the winners of Pool B was played late in the afternoon against the very experienced and highly credentialed Metro East side.

Metro East started well and continued to apply pressure resulting in only one win for Eastern in the pairs and losses for their triples and fours sides.

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