Five bowlers at state finals

FIVE local bowlers representing Gippsland travelled to Frankston last week to contest the state finals of the over 60s pairs and singles.

Gail McKenzie (West Sale) played her round of 16 game on Wednesday morning and recorded a convincing 21 shots to 12 win over Robyn Dennis from San Remo.

The quarter-final in the afternoon proved to be a much tighter contest, with McKenzie prevailing over Yarraville-Footscray’s Gou Engebretsen 21-17.

The pairs began Thursday morning, but play was suspended towards the end of the first game when the greens flooded. The singles semi-finals were  postponed until Friday morning.

In the round of 16 of the women’s pairs, Jan Morton (Heyfield) and Marge Sceney (Sale) defeated Marilyn Stephenson and Merilyn Rehe from Moama 20-11.

The Stratford pair of Des Phillips and Dennis Young was defeated by Richard Perry and Lyle Tabbener from Karingal in appalling conditions, with parts of the green underwater.

With play delayed, it was late afternoon before the women’s pairs quarter-finals were completed, with Morton and Sceney recording another strong win against Mortlake’s Glenice Kenna and Anne Van Diemen, 22-11.

On Friday morning, the weather was still threatening.

The semi-finals of the pairs was underway by 8.30am, but again play had to be suspended because of torrential rain.

Once underway, Morton and Sceney had no answer for Cranbourne’s Lynne Wood and Isabel Partington, who won 15-5. The Cranbourne pair went on to take the state title in its next game.

McKenzie was playing Ocean Grove’s Faye Richardson in the semi-final of the singles, losing a close gamer 21-18.