Gwen as cool as a cucumber
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
IFyou are in a pressure situation nearing the end of a game of lawn bowls, who can you call, certainly not Ghostbusters.
Sawtell Bowling Club's Gwen Peirce showed she was the perfect person for the job, soaking up pressure to produce the vital shots when it mattered most combining with Carol Dodds to win the Group pairs at Woolgoolga Bowling Club last week.
Gwen and Carol won a nail-biting semi-final before edging out Brunswick Heads 16-15 in a thrilling final which finished under lights after more than four hours of intense competition where no more than two shots split the two sides.
In the semi-finals against Lismore, Sawtell were two shots down with one bowl remaining.
Holding the two shots they needed to draw the final and go into an extra end, Gwen bravely moved the kitty to give her team three shots for a 25-24 win and a place in the final.
Gwen says she takes each situation one bowl at a time.
"Even when the pressure is on I don't get nervous, I just go with the flow," she said modestly.
"I just try to keep cool and don't worry about the state of the game.
"In every game you need that little bit of luck to get you through, the shot I played to win the semi-final could easily have gone against us but that's the way it goes."
The Sawtell duo will now be representing their club, district and Group at the State finals hosted by St John's Park on September 15-16.
Gwen said she had no idea who Sawtell were drawn to play in Sydney but they would approach it with the same amount of enthusiasm that won them the Group title.
"We won't know anything about our opponents but they won't know anything about us either, all we know is that it is a knockout format and if we lose we are out of the competition," Gwen said.
Ironically neither Gwen or Carol had won even a club title when they decided to join forces at the beginning of the year and survived a number of sudden-death encounters to firstly become Mid North Coast district champions and then go on to win the Group title.
They had to survive eight matches at district level taking the final against Joan Hump-hreys from Park Beach to advance to the Group play-offs.
The two Sawtell players were the surprise packets of the competition after joining forces at the start of the year.
"We could have lost our first game at district level so each step we go is another bonus."
Gwen, who hails from the Sunshine Coast, had been successful in club fours at Sawtell and Caloundra and also had collected club singles and triples trophies but never a pairs title.
It has been a year to remember for Gwen and Carol who are also members of the Sawtell women's number two pennant side who won the district flag.