THE FINAL

Bella Williams v Marian Russell – September 14th, 2012

  Bella set a long jack, at thirty-two yards, but
Marian held shot at fifteen inches, till Bella’s last
wood took a wick to sit on the jack - and take the
opening end. The second Bella set at full length;
Marian again held shot, but this time she bettered
it with her final wood, for two, and now Marian led
2-1. Once more, it was the final wood that took
the honours, in the third end, and it was Bella’s,
squaring the game, at 2-2.

  With Bella holding two, in the fourth, yet again, it was
the final wood that came in for shot, from Marian to lead
3-2, and she repeated the sequence, with Bella holding two,
to take another final wood win, going further into the lead,
at 4-2. The sixth end was very tight, but broke the pattern.
Bella had two woods (less than two feet from the jack), but
Marian had two even closer, for two shots. Bella’s final
wood failed by a whisker to trail the jack. Two to Marian
 extended her lead to 6-2 and real daylight.

  But Bella did not win all those competitions, in the
group’s early years, without being a fighter. So it was
that, in the seventh, she roared back with three shots, and
 once more, in the eighth, (with Marian holding two), it was
that last wood for Bella that take the end – leveling the match,
at 6-6 … with three ends to play.

  Marian was holding, again, but Bella took shot from her with her wood at three inches - and the lead, at 7-6.

  The penultimate end saw shots from both of them, which would require a measure. Bella ran inside for shot, then Marian moved the shot wood, but stayed just outside, herself, so that Bella now led by two, at 8-6.

  With Marian needing two to go to the extra end, Bella kept up the pressure, with two woods close to the jack. Her third ran the jack to her other two woods, so that she held the jack in a tight ring. Marian could not free it and Bella had rolled back the years, winning her first competition for ten years or so – to add to the many she had won over the first ten yer so of the group’s life.

  It was an amazing result which no one would have forecast, given that Marian now plays at such a consistently high level. But, time and time again, that last wood took the honours for Bella, in a high standard final which did seem, at half way, to be beyond her. Marian took her defeat with customary good grace, as well as wonder that Bella could pull it out of the bag, once more. Bravo!

Bella W beats Marian R in JW Shield 2012-090-14 (3

  Bella Williams rolls back the years, as she fights back from 6-2 down to beat Marian Russell - and claim the John Wadsworth Shield.
Picture: Bella (left), Marian (right) and Brian (centre)

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