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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
Irepresentative side retained the Whitehead Pope Shield in a three test match series against South Australia at Adelaide's Grange Bowls Club last month. The Young Vics, Simon Buckley from Essendon, Clayton's Dylan Fisher, Brett Foley from Shepparton Park, Werribee RSL's Ben Major and Ryan Tainton from Geelong West were able to overcome a competitive opposition and unseasonal arctic conditions to bring back the shield. Despite a loss in the triples on the opening morning, the Big V men won the opening test match three rubbers to one with Fisher claiming a decisive win in the afternoon singles. However it was the fours team that claimed their tightly contested match against the Croweaters by a single shot to have the side one up in the series at the end of day one. Brett Foley paved the way for Victoria's series win in the opening round of the second test when claimed his singles round by 13 shots. Both states claimed two rubbers each in this match, but it was Foley's margin that allowed the Vics to clinch the test, and series victory, by four shots. There is much contention about the importance of a 'dead' rubber in any sporting series. The winners have celebrated and enjoyed the euphoria of victory, while the vanquished are wounded and playing for pride. However, congratulations are in order to the SA side on its comprehensive 3-1 win in the final test. The Victorian fours combination was the only winning rubber, while the singles, pairs and triples all suffered substantial losses to the pumped-up South Australians. RVBA president Graeme Hosken, who led the Victorian party to South Australia, was glowing in his praise of the touring side. "The manner in which these young men conducted themselves both on and off the green was very pleasing," he said. "The weather conditions under which they had to play - wet, cold but they stuck to their objectives and proved to be successful." 34 Bowls In Focus Sides selected for interstate competitions The RVBA selection panel recently announced the composition of Victoria's representative teams for the Abe Corrall Trophy Series against the ACT and the six-state 60 & Over round robin series. The Victorian side to play ACT at Queanbeyan on 18-20 November is: Mark Jacobsen (Moonee Ponds) skip, Brett Dodd (Werribee RSL), Nick McIntyre (Bundoora), Barrie Lester (Moonee Ponds). Wayne Roberts (Altona) skip, Lee Schraner (Brighton), Brenton Coad (Altona), Brad Holland (Bendigo East). Matthew Flapper (Essendon) skip, Paul Dorgan (Altona), Aaron Tomkins (Bendigo East), Peter Loe (Essendon). Victoria's 60 & Over side competing in the Interstate Round Robin at North Launceston Bowling Club on 10-12 November is: Noel Waite (Auburn) skip, Ray Morrissey (Yarraville Footscray), Gary Matheson (Altona), Lyle Taberner (Karingal). Barrie Close (Queenscliff) skip, Frank Watsford (Yarra Glen), Dennis Arthur (Queenscliff), Geoff Tinning (Tongala). Ken Thomas (Ocean Grove) skip, Ian Ross (Bendigo), Brian Richards (Melbourne), Stan Blight (Ivanhoe). Whitehead Pope Shield Test Series Vic v SA Under-25 Development Teams at Grange Bowls Club SA First Test: Vic d SA 6-2 Triples: Vic (S Buckley, D Fisher, R Tainton) lost to SA (B Klose, S Dietrich, J Gregory) 21-27. Pairs: Vic (B Foley, B Major) d SA (S Forbes, M Kleinig) 20-17. Singles: Vic (D Fisher) d SA (J Gregory) 25-14. Fours: Vic (B Foley, R Tainton, S Buckley, B Major) d SA (B Klose, M Kleinig, S Dietrich, S Forbes) 17-16. Second Test: Vic d SA 4-4 (+4 shots) Singles: Vic (B Foley) d SA (B Klose) 25-12. F Vic (D Fisher, B Major, R Tainton, S y) lost to SA (S Dietrich, J Gregory, S M Kleinig) 14-16. : Vic (R Tainton, B Major, B Foley) lost to Kleinig, S Forbes, B Klose) 15-24. Vic (S Buckley, D Fisher) d SA (S , J Gregory) 16-14. est: Vic lost to SA 2-6 : Vic (D Fisher, B Foley, S Buckley) lost B Klose, M Kleinig, S Forbes) 14-26 Pairs: Vic (B Major, R Tainton) lost to SA (J Gregory, S Dietrich) 13-19. Singles: Vic (S Buckley) lost to SA (M Kleinig) 18-25. Fours: Vic (R Tainton, B Foley, B Major, D Fisher) d SA (S Forbes, B Klose, J Gregory, S Dietrich) 19-14. Victoria won series 2-1 Young Vics Retain Interstate Shield • Above: The Victorians: (back row) Brett Foley, coach Arnold O'Brien, Ryan Tainton (front row) Simon Buckley, Dylan Fisher, Ben Major. • Below: Shepparton Park's Brett Foley was one of the stars of Victoria's win in South Australia.