Champion of Champions 2022

Last Saturday were the Champion of Champions events for Singles and Novice Singles. Winners of the events from each WA club qualify to play in sectional competition for the chance to progress through to the finals on the Sunday.

Our Men’s Singles Champion, Ross Cunningham, was unable to enter as he is currently away. Our Women’s Singles Champion, Kaye Martin, drew Yokine where a group of Sorrento members went to support and cheer her on. Kaye played some excellent bowls, winning both games in her section comfortably 21-10 and 21-6. She then progressed to play an alignment game that afternoon. Kaye continued her good form, holding the lead throughout the game until the last few ends, when her opponent picked up shots to eventually win 21-19 in a tight, high-standard game.

A second group of supporters were at Rossmoyne where our Men’s Novice, Ian Munro, and Women’s Novice, Jodi Neindorf, were both playing. It was the first time playing at Rossmoyne for both players, Jodi under cover and Ian outside on the quick synthetic surfaces.

Unfortunately, Ian was in a section of just two players, meaning the first game would determine the section winner. Ian got away to a 7-2 lead early but his opponent caught up with the scores 13-13. Ian showed great composure to then draw away and win 17-13. He progressed to the alignment round but had to wait until all the other rinks had completed their sections, taking to the green again more than three hours after finishing his first game. A cross wind and his opponent warmed-up and playing very well made it very difficult for Ian, going down 7-17.

Jodi was also in a section of just two players. Her opponent was playing very confidently and got away to a 10-2 lead. However, Jodi was bowling well and remained calm, consistently having bowls in the head. A couple of strong ends, including a four, narrowed the gap and she was down just 12-15.  Single shots were shared with both players for the next few ends, Jodi going down 13-17 in a very long and high-standard game.