27 January, 2023
The 2022 – 23 Club Singles Championships have been run and won. Last Sunday, 22 January, Fotini Hughes faced off against Margaret Hunt for the ladies championship title.
Margaret Hunt and Fotini Hughes
For Fotini it was her first foray into “the big one” whilst Margaret was hoping for another title to add to her previous five. Margaret got away to a good start, while Fotini was trying to find her feet. Both ladies put in some very good bowls, however, Margaret’s experience held her in good stead, and she ran out a comfortable winner, scoring 25 to 8. Fotini certainly was not disgraced, and the experience of this contest will only serve to make her hungrier for success in the coming years.
Congratulations and well done to both Margaret, and Fotini, on their game and the spirit in which it was played. Margaret is now amongst the legends of the ladies section, and is sure to give tough competition to the challengers in ensuing years.
Like Margaret, Aaron Van Haaften was fronting up for a crack at his sixth title, against a first timer in the final, in Rod Kerrison. Each had played very good early rounds to reach the final, which had been touted to be a keenly contested event.
Aaron Van Haaften and Rod Kerrison
Perhaps the first end gave a hint to the astute observers of a pending upset, when Rod snared four shots, then held Aaron out for the next two ends. Aaron responded with three shots on the fourth end. The following five ends balanced out with three shots each, then Rod put on a spurt, winning the next five ends and amassing eleven shots to go to a 21 – 6 lead.
It took Rod another five ends to get the job done, and he finished with a 25 – 11 victory. It was a polished performance and well earned win, and again, congratulations to both players for the spirit in which the match was played, and well done Rod for his coolness, and measured approach to the game, to bring up his first Rosanna Singles Championship.