Anderson on mark in masters thriller
By HUGH KEARNEY
WITH a couple of 'Come ons' that would have done Lleyton Hewitt proud, Tweed Heads bowler Carmen Anderson yesterday claimed the 2006 Black Douglas ladies singles for masters at the South Tweed Sports Club.
Anderson, the Black Douglas winner in 2004 and last year's runner-up, beat former Welsh international Ceri Ann Davies of Helensvale 25-18 in a tight struggle lasting over two hours.
Anderson, who represented Norfolk Island at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, was too strong for Davies who, despite an early 6-0 lead, had no answer to her opponent's accuracy and consistency.
Anderson won her way into the final by defeating Australian Open winner Julie Keegan 25-19 in the morning semi-final. Commonwealth Games triples silver medallist Davies sealed her final berth with an easy 25-10 win over 1995 winner Di Cunnington of Tweed Heads.
In the final, Davies skipped to a 6-0 lead before Anderson managed to get on the board.
Anderson slowly pegged her younger opponent back and by the 10th end led 8-7. From there she was never headed but each end was fought out as if it was the last.
In gusty south-easterly conditions, the pair put on a display of master bowling which saw the mat change hands almost every end.
But at the 18th end while leading 13-12, Anderson picked up a maximum four shots giving her a handy 17-12 lead in the race to 25.
With some willing encouragement from one vocal supporter, Davies put in a determined effort to bridge the gap but was not able to rattle the Tweed bowler. At the 27th end Anderson laid three near-perfect bowls close to the jack to steal two shots to lead 23-18.
She picked up another at the next change of ends, then in a tense final end Anderson scored the necessary shots for the final 25-18 scoreline.
A jubilant Anderson gave the crowd a hearty 'come on' and pumped a clenched fist, a la Hewitt at his best at taking the title for the second time.
After the match an obviously delighted Anderson said she wanted to follow up her win last week in the district singles.
"I said to myself, while I'm in good form, I'll get stuck into it," she said.
For her win Anderson picked up a trophy and $2500 of the $10,000 prize pool.