JUMPING FOR JOY: The victorious South Coast team of Natalie Noronha, 18, Dawn Hyman, 17, Jordan Taylor, 15, Jay Breust, 17, Ellen Ryan, 17, Damil Lafferty, 17, Danyon Christie, 17 and Samantha Noronha, 18, celebrates after winning the NSW CHS lawn bowls carnival at the Rules Club yesterday. Picture: Michael FrogleyLawn bowls
SOUTH Coast’s dominance in the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) lawn bowls carnival has been extended for another year.
Coming through a tight final over North Coast to win by eight shots, the South Coast team brought up its fourth-straight win in the tournament.
With the final played on two rinks at the Rules Club, South Coast were in a strong position in both games before North Coast turned the contest on its head, picking up seven shots on one end.
The mammoth total reduced South Coast’s lead to three with seven ends remaining, but they couldn’t get any closer.
Things were still tight with three ends remaining as South Coast led 31-27, before the champions pulled away to claim a 35-27 win.
Twin sisters Samantha and Natalie Noronha were the skips for the South Coast team, with Samantha claiming her third carnival title.
In her final year with the team, it was the Samantha’s first time as skipper of the team and she used her sister as a role model.
“This is my first year skipping and she’s normally the skipper so I look at her as how I want to be,” she said.
“She sets the standard really, but I was pretty happy with how I did this week.”
Coming through the three-day carnival with three wins in the pool stage, plus wins in the semi-final and final the 18-year-old thought it was the closeness of the South Coast team that has made them so successful.
“We bond very well and are supportive of each other,” she said.
“We all train at a high level and I think because we are so supportive it creates a really positive environment and everybody plays their best bowls.”
Samantha was skip of the game where North Coast mounted their comeback, and despite falling in that game 17-15, was pleased with how the team fought back after dropping seven shots.
“I wasn’t feeling too happy after that (seven shots), but we fought back which was good, we didn’t drop our heads and I think that’s what pulled us through,” she said.
“We had to play consistently for three days so we kept our heads up high and it was enough to come away with the win.”
South Coast also dominated the CHS team selected to play in the exchange carnival, taking up six of the 15 places.
In a good sign for the future for South Coast only three bowlers, including the Noronha sisters, will be ineligible for next year’s competition.
Hunter scored a big 36-11 win in the play-off for third over Hunter while Sydney West claimed fifth place with a three-point win over Sydney South West.
The Riverina resumed its battle with North West for ninth place and proved too strong, winning 39-18 yesterday to take the combined score to 67-38.
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