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Quality sides to represent Mid West at Country Week bowls

Joe CriddleMidwest Times
Lorraine Exten and Fiona Panting will be travelling for Country Week.
Camera IconLorraine Exten and Fiona Panting will be travelling for Country Week. Credit: Supplied, Geraldton Bowling Club

The Mid West has eight quality sides entered in this weekend’s ladies’ country week bowls, where 113 sides are due to converge on the metropolitan area.

The region should be represented in the semifinal stage or beyond, as the event makes a welcome return to centre stage after last year’s edition was cancelled.

Batavia Bowling League’s women are in strong form following recent pennant finals and round-robin series and the sides are evenly spread throughout the draw.

Wonthella’s Margaret Kupsch, Julie Sims, Mary Fenton and Alisa Criddle are a quality quartet who should go through the group stages, and so are Geraldton foursome Fiona Panting, Lorraine Exten, Lorraine Collett and Kerry McIlwaine.

Denison’s Michelle Leeson, Sandi Crabb, Anne Carlshausen and Lisa Downing rate as good chances after a solid local season, with Northampton’s premiership stars, Dion Delamotte, Karen Drage, Lyn Joyce and Pauline Forrester, highly fancied to put themselves in the hunt for more silverware.

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Bedford Bowling Club has a local feel, with Geraldton’s Audrey Williamson, Faye Sudilowski, Julie McCabe and Annette Foster in the same section as the Wonthella-and-Northampton composite team of Gayl Wilson, Kaye Burton, Sue Waldon and Lyn Sutton. The sides will meet in the third match of the opening day, meaning only one will go through.

The Northampton/Denison teams of Di Reudavey, Lorraine Crowden, Julie Clarkson and Heather Chapman and Barbara McNeil, Colleen Cruickshank, Lorraine Cliff and Gloria Nelson complete the local fours contingent. Pairs starts next Wednesday and singles next Thursday.

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