Frankum wins after trailing

18:37, Jan 21 2013

Kia Toa's Mata Frankum claimed the South Canterbury Bowls Centre women's singles championship with a 21-13 win over Waimate's Liz Law.

Frankum was too good despite a slow start but she scored on each of the last nine ends to secure a comfortable win.

Law began well with a good array of well-placed shots and by the ninth end was 13-6 up. However, Frankum was not deterred by the score and took complete control of the encounter.

When the competition began last Wednesday it was pleasing to see entries from most clubs.

Playing in good conditions at the West End club greens, the eight qualifiers for post-section play were Sandra Cleland (TTCC), Doreen King (West End), Frankum (Kia Toa), Shirley Whyte (TTCC), Law (Waimate), Janice Styles (Kia Toa) and Cathy Richards (TTCC).

King received the bye in the first round.


In the first quarterfinal played on Friday, Styles played Frankum with Frankum always having the edge.

The low-scoring game was close throughout until Frankum pulled ahead 21-15 to win.

The second quarterfinal featured Whyte against a newcomer and fellow club member, Cleland.

Whyte was in hot form and immediately took control of the game and by the 13th end was 17-3 ahead and eventually ran out the winner 21-9

The third quarterfinal between Richards and Law saw Richards start well, scoring six on the first three ends, however, she was then matched by Law.

The game became close with both players displaying good skills.

On the penultimate end, Law scored four shots which she followed with a one, taking out the game 21-17.

The first semifinal saw Frankum play King, who had no answer to Frankum's consistency and although she scored five shots over two ends late in the game she could not head off Frankum who won well 21-12.

The second semifinal was Whyte against Law, who jumped to a good lead and by the 13th end was leading 16-6.

Never to be underestimated, Whyte began to steadily claw back the lead but single shots were never going to be enough with Law winning 21-12.

The Timaru Herald