It’s easy being Green when Pink shades Gold

CITY Memorial bowlers were scratching their heads yesterday after a bizarre set of results left selectors reeling.

City Pink, the club’s thirds, upstaged title-chasing powerhouse City Gold by three shots 71-68 in the biggest upset in years.

The result allowed City Green, the seconds, to rise to the top of the Western District Bowls Division Tuesday pennant ladder.

Pink skipper Beryl Duncan said a strange atmosphere existed at the club yesterday and that the results “are not supposed to happen”.

She said Green leading the competition ahead of second-ranked Gold made for an interesting final three weeks to the season.

“It’s too late now (to change players), we’ve only got three weeks to go,” she said.

“As far as I’m concerned I think everyone is entitled to have a go. We’re a good club, we all support each other.

“We were over the moon when we beat the Golds but I felt sorry for them at the end of the day.

“By beating them we’ve taken them from the top of the ladder. They haven’t had that done for quite a while.”

Pink skipper Mavis Haynes and her rinkmates Thelma Johnstone, Jan Armstrong and Jan Whitehead were the heroes at Cramer Street.

Pink led by one overall with one end to play when Haynes secured two shots against Chris McMahon to secure the against-the-odds win.

Haynes defeated McMahon 23-20 and Duncan defeated Denise Hillier 26-22. Only Lorraine Dakin lost her rink, 24-26, to Barbara Bibby.

“Mavis, she’s a bowler that doesn’t get flustered and every end is just like the first one,” Duncan said.

“They deserve the accolades, they really do. It’s a nice feeling to beat the top team.”

Across town at Timor Street, the other Tuesday pennant intra-club derby went as expected with Warrnambool Gold beating Warrnambool Blue two rinks to one, 71-56.

Gold’s Bev Haynes defeated Blue’s Shirley Ullithorne 38-12 in the biggest rink result.

Port Fairy Gold moved to within nine points of the top four with a home victory against Timboon  two rinks to one, 71-63.

It made up crucial ground thanks to City Green beating fourth-placed Terang 71-55.

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