Fairlie rule greens

JOANNE GILES
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013

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A jubilant Fairlie team claimed top honours in the Champions of Champions women's fours playing on their own green.

Their team included two senior players and two development players.

The game ended late, and some players found it difficult in the unusually cold conditions.

The final began with Timaru's Raewyn Crowe (skip), Joyce McMillan, Joan Lawn and Shona McDougall scoring two shots on the first end but then Fairlie, skipped by Maureen McColl with Barbara Tiffen, Linda Gallagher and Doreen Inder, took charge with a dominant run, taking 18 shots by the eighth end.

Timaru had nothing in reserve and were only able to score one more shot while Fairlie, full of confidence, marched to a 25-3 victory.

It was obvious from the first game of the day that Fairlie were focused on taking out the title when they played the experienced Timaru Town and Country Club (Cathy Richards, Shirley Whyte, Pat Parker and Mary Lemon) in a quarterfinal.

Fairlie made a good start, with Inder leading well for the team, winning 14-7.

The consistency of their performance was not matched by their opposition and they were able to score on 10 of the 15 ends, leaving little room for their rivals to make any headway.

In the second quarterfinal, Waimate, led by Mata Frankum with Carol Clarke, Margaret Powell and Liz Law, faced Kia Toa's Nardia Manchester, Elaine Williams, Lorraine Hartnett, and Rita Bell, who were unable to rise to the occasion, losing 10-20.

Temuka, skipped by Stella Clouston with Noelene Milne, Bev Simon, and Vi McNicol, played West End' s Leeanna Leslie (skip) Val Collie, Edna Chittock and Kate Cox, winning 15-11 in a relatively scrappy game.

In the last quarterfinal, Timaru met Janice Parker (skip), Rose McLean, Joanne Mitchell and Jill Johnston from Geraldine. When Timaru jumped to a 13-2 lead by the seventh end, they had to fend off a determined challenge but came through to win 16-11.

The first semifinal match between Fairlie and Waimate began well for Fairlie and consistency ensured a 16-8 win. A good four shots in early play gave them an advantage, and ending with another three shots put them in the final.

In the second semifinal, Timaru were too good for Temuka, scoring freely to win 16-7. Temuka faltered in the cold conditions, allowing Timaru to move into the fours final against Fairlie.

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