O’Brien is top novice

LYN O’Brien won the North Gippsland Bowls Division women’s novice singles championship.

At Wurruk on Thursday, O’Brien defeated fellow Maffra player Annette Anderson 21 shots to 12 in the final. O’Brien took a commanding 16-7 lead early before holding off an Anderson comeback.

O’Brien will play the Gippsland region final at Maffra on December 2.

In the semi-finals, O’Brien defeated Sale’s Julie Simic 21-16, and Anderson overcame Heyfield’s Leonie Flynn 21-15.

The men’s state triples final was played at Sale on Sunday.

In a high standard game, with the lead changing several times, the Sale team of Matt Higgins, Russell Lambourn and Ray Kennedy defeated the composite team of Keith Sargison (Stratford), Lester Merlo (Maffra) and Geoff Stobie (Maffra) 16-13.

The Sale team will play the Gippsland region final in February.

The preliminary rounds of the women’s triples will be played at Maffra on Thursday, beginning 9.15am.