Cherry ripe for district title
CHERRY Street Ballina's women's open fours team was only thrown together at the last minute but this did not stop them from winning last week's Northern Rivers District fours title at South Lismore.
And they won the final comfortably 19-11 against Lismore Workers Heights.
"It was the first time I had played with Jan Ison and Annette Kidd so it was a put-together team and the win surprised me," Ballina player Jan Rose said.
"We weren't confident going into the titles, we just wanted to have fun."
Leslie Morgan was the other team member with Ison as the skipper.
Rose was the young gun of the side.
"The other ladies are over 60 but they participated just to give me a chance to play," she said.
"We weren't exactly the underdogs but I didn't think we'd be as strong as the other teams."
Rose has played bowls for six years which is not a long time compared to last week's fours teammates.
"I took up the sport after my father passed away because I wanted to do something with my mum," she said.
"And I've been hooked on it ever since."
Last year, Rose was a member of the No 1 pennant-winning Ballina side, won the Northern Rivers District women's and club singles and was crowned her interclub champion of champions also in singles.
Cherry Street Ballina also took out last week's Northern Rivers District women's seniors title.
They comfortably beat Evans Head 24-14 in the final and a last end was not required.
Merle Gollan skippered this side which included Sally Lowry, Val McKenzie and Phyllis Anderson.
This same team won the competition last year.
"We were down 12-7 but came back," Gollan said.
"The conditions were very hot and muggy so I was proud of my team."
The Northern Rivers District women's triples started yesterday at East Lismore, moves to Lismore City today and finishes on Thursday with finals at the Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club.