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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
the pairs gold to her swag of hard- ware, virtually guaranteeing a place in the Australian team for the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. But guess what? The international organisation dumped bowls from the games itinerary, in favour of wheel- chair rugby, and that was that! A year later at Pennant Hills (NSW), Nannette again played great bowls to annexe a third successive Australian title. At last month's 'DJ', Birthisel, who won the 2006 Victorian Over- 60 Singles Championship, played supremely throughout the event's two days, and was solidly backed up by White, whose drawing skills set up the victory platform. They defeated South Australians Doreen Smith from Salisbury and Doris Thomas from West Lakes in the five-end final 6-2, after eliminating current state player Nicole Shortis from Glenroy and her mum Robyn Conn from Apollo Bay 4-2 in one of the three-end semi finals. However, their two-shot win over top qualifiers Mary-Anne Spizer and Sandra Mueller from Clayton to reach the top four would rate as their most heroic performance. Spizer was one of three former Australian representatives to skip teams that qualified for the finals by winning their five rounds, along with Terang's Margaret Sumner and Gor- dana Baric from Mulgrave Country Club. However, all three were eliminated in their first three-end roll-off at Mil- dura. Sumner had been undefeated at Coomealla, Baric at Mildura and Spizer on the Workingman's greens. In all nine pairs, from the record entry list of 150 teams, handed in un- blemished cards, which is the criteria for competing in the finals. The Clas- sic, now in its thirteenth year, was conducted at six clubs within the Sun- raysia association, being Coomealla, Irymple, Merbein, Mildura, Red Cliffs and Workingman's. At the conclusion of day one's three rounds there were 18 unde- feated teams listed, however, after Friday's last two 12-enders, only nine pairs had survived, with the Irymple 'hoodoo' again striking. Over the past 10 years only one five-game winner has emerged from the venue's lovely greens, which is not only testament to the quality of the field, but also a source of great levity amongst the stars who travel to Sunraysia and accept the challenge. The great Dot would have been pretty chuffed about the Wycheproof result, and also about Nannette's success against the perceived odds. Similarly, she would have been in the thick of the fun at the uproarious presentation cabaret, hosted for the first time by the Coomealla Memorial Services Club, in which the theme this time around was 'Black & White'. This year's shindig featured amaz- ing outfits and great floorshows, with three routines from the 'Stop The Clock' performing troupe and a brilliant rendition of 'I will follow him', from the movie Sister Act II, by a group of Irymple bowlers. And last but not least, Dot would have been honoured that Maureen Connolly became the first president of the VLBA to take time out from her busy schedule to travel from Melbourne for the event. - David Allen It's party time at DJ's Black & White Ball • VLBA president Maureen Connolly goes karaoke with local city councillor Mark Eckel and last year’s winner Dianne Gardner. •Agroupof questionable characters from Balranald. • This collection of minstrels trundled in from across the border. • A magpie supporter and a court jester, strange bedfellows. • An Irymple ensemble of good habits belted out a famous movie song. • Mother Superior (aka association president Shirley Pupillo) presented pairs of drawers to three players - who had three draws! s s s s s s 2009 Dot Jenkinson Pairs Classic at Mildura Bowls Club Qualifiers (5-game winners): At Coomealla: M Sumner (Terang), S Brown (City Memorial) +57 shots; J Grylls, B Taylor (Wycheproof) +38; N Birthisel, V White (Wycheproof) +34. At Mildura: G Baric, A Stirling (Mulgrave CC) +35 shots. At Red Cliffs: N Shortis (Glenroy), R Conn (Apollo Bay) +50 shots; D Smith (Salisbury SA), D Thomas (West Lakes SA) +43; A Robertson (Warracknabeal), G Stephens (Irymple) +31. At Workingman's: M Spizer, S Mueller (Clayton) +63 shots; P Pain, J Eddy (Golden Square) +44. Elimination final: Smith, Thomas d Sumner, Brown 4-0. Quarter finals: Pain, Eddy d Baric, Stirling 8-0, Smith, Thomas d Robertson, Stephens 4-2, Shortis, Conn d Grylls, Taylor 3-2, Birthisel, White d Spizer, Mueller 4-2. Semi finals: Smith, Thomas d Pain, Eddy 3-2, Birthisel, White d Shortis, Conn 4-2. Final: N Birthisel, V White (Wycheproof) d D Smith (Salisbury SA), D Thomas (West Lakes SA) 6-2.