THE ladies championship fours looked like being cancelled when rain was forecast on Thursday.
The 44 players who turned up to play at the Busselton Bowling Club might have wished that it had, as gale-force and freezing cold winds across the green caused many to rug up in jackets and rainwear in an effort to keep warm.
The players struggled to perform at their best as weight, width and distance escaped them, caused mainly by the poor conditions.
Ten teams managed to complete three games of 15 ends finishing just before dark at 5.30pm.
“The two afternoon games were a little easier to play,” some said, as the wind dropped and it wasn’t as cold.
The only team to gain points in all games was that of Jan Morgan, new member Bev Adams, Blodwyn Hart and Nina Johnson.
Their effort was made more significant as they defeated last year’s winners in the first game.
Four social bowlers played pairs and gladly called it off after 14 ends to escape the wind.
Busselton have won the six-week Boyanup Saturday morning pennants competition for the second time in three years.
Boyanup commenced this pennant competition to give those who work a chance to play in competitions.
The new rule introduced allowed for only two first division players in any team.
Clubs are invited to send eight players as a team to play for the Archer’s shield.
Busselton were asked to send another four players to make up numbers but not be eligible for competition points which we were happy to do.
Busselton are always first to nominate for this format, as we gain valuable practice on synthetic greens before the South West pennant season starts.
Sixteen girls nominated to play and team number two went through undefeated, although their last game against Eaton was by far the hardest to play, with a draw a good result in the end.
They won first prize with 11 points and Busselton team one came second with 10 points plus 54 shots, with Boyanup third.
The combined total between our two teams won us the Archer’s Shield.