Kawana’s Di Viterale, Wila Permpoon, Judy Whaites, Jane Bush win Women’s Fours – State Champion of Club Champs. (Pictured left, Di Viterale, Judy Whaites, Wila Permpoon, Jane Bush from Kawana at Mermaid Beach. Pic and story by Naomi Cescotto)
Kawana smashed a ‘section of death’ in the 2017 Champion of Club Champions Women’s Fours and won skip Jane Bush her first state medal.
“I’m so excited, I’ve got here before in singles, pairs and fours but never done any good, we’ve gone straight to the top!” the proud skip said.
“It was a really hard section though… Lynsey Clarke, Ester Regan, we’ve played State together, we know each other’s game, we’re good friends.”
It’s been a brilliant year for Kawana lead Di Viterale, an appearance at the Australian Indoor, and she’s playing the Pairs tomorrow with third Judy Whaites, who’s also thrilled with their progress.
“I love everything here, the atmosphere, the top bowling, it’s all just brilliant,” Judy said.
Second Wila Permpoon embraced the wicked standard of competition in their section.
“I enjoy the competitive side, I love competition and it’s very enjoyable at this level,” Wila said.
Both Kawana in Section 2 and Wangaratta (Bowen) in Section 1 went into the gold medal playoff as the only teams with three wins apiece, undefeated in the rounds.
However Kawana was in a different league in the final, posting a staggering 25 shots in eight ends before Wangaratta could even get on the board.
Down 1-25 on the 9th, 2-28 on the 13th, Wangaratta had their work cut out for them.
They had a run of singles to the 17th, 6-28 and the satisfaction of a multiple of 5 on the final (20th) end to lift the final score to 11-30.
Although their final wasn’t the way they wanted it, a state silver medal is a proud achievement and the team of Margaret Wilson, Carol Meredith, Penny Warren and skip Enid Maltby are justifiably the toast of their NQ district.
In the Bronze medal final, Section 1 runner up Windsor took on Section 2 runner up Helensvale.
Windsor’s Lee Evans, Pat Wales, Robyn Williams and skip Kelly Gauntlett got cracking early, 5-0 after three ends, but Helensvale’s Rosie White, Teresa Armitage, Amanda Haevecker and skip Lynsey Clarke levelled the score to 5-5 over the next three ends.
The Wombats stayed just a shot or two in front until the 10th, 8-7, but then the Hawks swooped in on the 11th and got in front for the first time, 10-8.
That was the end for Windsor with the Australian Jackaroos captain setting a cracking pace to finish with the bronze medal for Helensvale, 26 – 10, 20 ends (final end not played).
“They played some big shots early on but we managed to get the momentum going, we’re really compatible,” Helensvale skip Lynsey Clarke said of playing with her mum Teresa and two of her best friends.
“We also met some lovely people from around the state that we haven’t met before.”