Johns toasts tight triumph
ANNE Johns (St John's Park) held off a late charge from Brenda Thompson (Helensvale) to claim her first Black Douglas singles bowls title 25-23 at South Tweed Sports Club yesterday.
The ladies bowled end for end in the first seven before Johns went back to back and led narrowly 6-5 after eight ends.
Thompson countered with three ends and six shots of her own to lead 11-6 after 12 ends and at the 14th it was Thompson up 13-10.
Johns made a telling move with 12 shots in five ends, including two lots of four shots in three ends to leap away 22-13, leaving the crowd wondering was it all about to end.
Thompson was not about to give in and slowly bowled her way back and, in the space of seven ends, her run was 10 shots to 1. But Johns composed herself and put a halt to Thompson's ascendancy, collecting her final two shots after 27 ends and two hours and 35 minutes of intense bowls action.
Johns advanced to the final with a 25-21 win over team-mate and 2007 winner Kelsey Cottrell, the sentimental favourite at her old club (South Tweed). The scoreline was the same in the other semi-final, Thompson defeating Australian representative Julie Keegan (St John's Park) 25-21.