Pearson outclasses the field

IN THE HUNT: Mount Gambier and District Indoor Bowls Association ladies and men's singles finalists Fiona Pearson, Keisha Pearson, Tony Bowditch, Gary Bowering, Stephen Von Duve and Vincent Oakley.

THE Mount Gambier District Indoor Bowls Association recently held its last postponed association championship for the 2021 season.

The championship evening was postponed due to South Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown and was rescheduled last week.

Events played out on the night included the Elma Attiwill/Intersport ladies singles and the Pearson Family/Athol and Sue Malseed men’s singles, which also incorporated the Ian Simpson Memorial Champion of Champions.

In the ladies singles, the semi-final saw Post-Tel player Keisha Pearson take victory from her Post-Tel team mate Lorraine VanDen Hoogen, eight shots to three.

The other semi-final saw Fiona Pearson from Post-Tel beat Fiona Rochow from Glenburnie, 11 shots to one.

This set up a final between Keisha Pearson and her mother Fiona.

Fiona scored two shots on the first end before Keisha started to score single shots on the next two consecutive ends to equal the scores on the third.

By the sixth end scores were level again, then Fiona decided to throw a long end to change the game but Keisha had last bowl to take victory and win the 2021 Elma Attiwill/Intersport Ladies singles championship, six shots to four.

In the Pearson Family/Athol and Sue Malseed men’s singles, the first semi-final was won by Post-Tel’s Stephen Von Duve over Blue Lake Bowler player Thomas Butler, nine shots to two.

In the second semi-final, Wandilo Water Rats player Tony Bowditch beat Craig Pearson from Post-Tel, eight shots to four.

The men’s final between Von Duve and Bowditch was lined up to be a close game and it delivered.

Von Duve got away to a great start to lead by four shots on the fourth end but Bowditch pegged the lead back and levelled the scores on the last end.

This made them play an extra end with Von Duve hanging on to one shot to win, claiming victory six shots to five in the 2021 men’s singles championship.

This saw Keisha Pearson and Von Duve meet in the Ian Simpson Memorial Champion of Champions for the second year running, with Von Duve wanting revenge over the 2019 Champion of Champion result.

The Champion of Champions game was close with Pearson one shot down on the fourth end but to her best bowling ability, she scored two shots on the fifth end and by the sixth end scores were level.

On the last end Pearson drew shot and was lucky to hang on to it to defeat Von Duve and win the Memorial Champion of Champions named after her uncle.

Pearson won the silverware five shots to four for the third time.

Due to the lack of entries in the Ladies competition, both the Ladies and Men’s consolation events were combined.

In the consolation semi-finals Vincent Oakley (Commercial Club) defeated Tim Wrightson (Mil Lel) seven shots to six and Gary Bowering (Saints) defeated Fiona Rochow (Glenburnie) five shots to four.

The consolation final was won by Vincent Oakley, defeating Gary Bowering eight shots to four.