Mum and son triumph at State Mixed Pairs
Country dynamos Alison Ogle and Damien Rideout dominate State Mixed Pairs 2015, runners up Ester Regan and Richard Strawbridge. Proud Port Curtis reps Alison Ogle and Damien Rideout were undefeated in sectional play, leading to a well deserved spot in the final against two warriors always hard to beat, defending champ Ester Regan and 2013 runner up Richard Strawbridge.
The mum and son team took nothing for granted leading into the final, knowing the quality of the bowls and competition to be faced.
“I was a bit rusty to start with, but once I got my line, I was right, but the biggest issue was weight today, with the wind,” Ogle said.
On their way to an impressive 30-14 win over 19 ends, and with all the country bowlers around Queensland willing them to rise to the top, Ogle and Rideout were out of the blocks strongly, keeping Regan and Strawbridge scoreless for the first three ends, before the Brisbane North reps got their first shot.
That’s all they got though for seven ends, 11-1 to Ogle and Rideout.
It was looking like a welcome whitewash for the country pairing until, not unexpectedly, the Brisbane North duo launched their comeback, putting themselves well within touch after 10 ends, 11-17.
Unfortunately for Regan and Strawbridge, that was the closest they came, as mum and son worked the green like a well oiled machine, the game called after 19 ends, 30-14.
Strawbridge has been the bridesmaid at State Mixed Pairs before, and while on paper he and Ester Regan looked the “pair most likely”, he had only praise for the new champs.
“They played very well in the finals and deserved to win,” Strawbridge said.
STATE MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
J Dean & R Glasser 19 def M Emerton & M Sorrensen 15
E Regan & R Strawbridge 25 def T Foster & N Appleton 14
S O’Toole & B Merkel 15 def by B Peters & D McGee 25
A Ogle & D Rideout 30 def S Crowley & T Connor 16
J Dean & R Glasser 15 def by E Regan & R Strawbridge 24
M Emerton & M Sorrensen 16 def by T Foster & N Appleton 20
S O’Toole & B Merkel 21 def by A Ogle & D Rideout 25
B Peters & D McGee 15 def by S Crowley & T Connor 29
J Dean & R Glasser 15 def by T Foster & N Appleton 25
M Emerton & M Sorrensen 22 def E Regan & R Strawbridge 9
S O’Toole & B Merkel 15 def by S Crowley & T Connor 34
B Peters & D McGee 23 def by A Ogle & D Rideout 36
Alison Ogle & Damien Rideout 30 def Ester Regan & Richard Strawbridge 14