In 2011 Adaminaby Women's Bowling Club's Pennant side surprised the little town by winning the NSW Women's Bowling Association's Pennant competition in Grade 4. Last week they came within a whisker of doing the same thing in Grade 3 finishing as runner's up to the winners, Mount Lewis.
The 2014 State Pennant finals were held in the Port Stephens area in atrocious conditions. The Grade 3 preliminary section play was based at Nelson Bay and from the beginning the rain was torrential. Only one round could be completed on the first day and two rounds were played on the second day. Adaminaby won all three of their games and were the only side in the whole competition to score a perfect 15 points in the preliminary section.
However, with the weather still affecting the greens it was decided to move the final section of play to Raymond Terrace which has undercover synthetic greens. Having never played on a synthetic surface the ladies worked hard in the morning game but lost both rinks to Tumut. They bounced back in the afternoon game beating Mount Lewis from western Sydney by a good margin and scoring a maximum 5 points. The next morning Adaminaby also defeated West Wyalong but lost one rink. This left them on equal points, 9, with Mount Lewis and on a count back of the aggregates Mount Lewis won by two shots.
What a great team and what a great spirit. Two of the Pennant players, Aili Ranta and Pam Brayshaw were unable to compete due to illness but Carol McMahon and Nicole Barnes ably filled their shoes. In such a tiny club this left the side with no reserve and no manager. A member from Nelson Bay kindly filled in as manager and did a wonderful job.
To add to Adaminaby's achievements two of the Pennant players, Aylene Madden and Lynette McMahon have been selected to play for the Country side in the 2014 NSW Metro vs Country games in Cabramatta in September. This is the first time any player from the Snowy Mountains District has been selected for a State side. Congratulations girls.