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Bowls In Focus : December 2009
6 Bowls In Focus The Mighty Vics ran roughshod over the national capital’s representative sides in sizzling condi- tions on day one of last month’s two-day three- match Test Series at the Queanbeyan Bowls Club. Our mens and ladies contingent whitewashed the ACT sides in the two test matches contested and took unassailable leads into the following day’s third and final rubber. For the mens team the victory notched up nine successive retentions of the prestigious Abe Corrall Trophy, a fortunate result considering the Victorians had inadver tently left the iconic silverware in Melbourne. However, it was overshadowed by the ladies result, which extended their winning streak in Laudenbach Shield challenges between the states to an unprecedented eleven consecutive victories. In the opening test both Victorian sides jumped out of the blocks early, with the men leading 22-1 after 12 ends, while the ladies were ahead 18-4 at the same juncture. However, the guys only added one more to their margin, while the gals actually conceded one to the plucky ACT side over the remaining ends. Best performed rink in the men’s first test was the combination of Australian skipper Mark Jacobsen from Moonee Ponds, Werribee RSL’s Brett Dodd, Nick McIntyre from Bundoora RSL, and Barrie Lester from Moonee Ponds, who won by 15. Keilor’s Gayle Edwards and her rink of clubmate Carla Odgers, Anna Hoogwerf from Essendon, and debutante Claire Sanders from Yarrawonga & Border Golf, returned the best ladies card in the first test, being a 16-shot win. After a rev-up from side captain Ashley Bates the men came out after lunch for the second test with all guns blazing. And in one of the most brutal starts in interstate memory, the Victorians powered their way to an astounding 45-4 lead after 27 ends. Main contributor was the quar tet of skipper Wayne Roberts from Altona, Brighton’s Lee Schraner, Brenton Coad from Altona and Bendigo East’s Brad Holland, who led 17-0 after nine ends. Jacobsen’s rink was again in explosive form being up 16-1, while the third Victorian rink of Essen- don’s Matthew Flapper, Paul Dorgan from Altona, Bendigo East’s Aaron Tomkins, and Peter Loe from Essendon were ahead 12-3 . At the completion of the match’s 63-ends Victo- ria’s all-conquering men had amassed an amazing 60-shot eclipse, with Jacobsen winning by 30, Roberts by 23 and Flapper by seven completing the rout. It also ensured a series victory. Similarly, the Victorian ladies imposed their will early in the second test when, after 27 ends, they had doubled ACT’s score being 32-16 ahead, with the rink of skipper Rebecca McMahon from Colac City, Clayton’s Paula Wood, Robyn Thomassen from Grangeburn, and Keilor’s Brooke Edwards leading 15-1; while the newly formed combina- tion of Clayton’s Joyce Lindores, Jan Hurst from Glenroy, debutante Anne Miles from Yarrawonga & Border Golf, and Glenroy’s Nicole Shortis added valuable suppor t being five ahead. And it was that 16-shot buffer that held firm for the remainder of the match, with the Edwards quar- tet recovering from their early deficit to emerge with a six-shot win, while McMahon and her team were strong throughout winning by 13. The third match saw the Lindores skipped rink engaged in a pitched battle, and although they led for 20 of the 21 ends, a well-crafted four by the ACT ladies on the final end was their downfall. But it was a jubilant Victorian ladies troupe that celebrated when it was formalised that the Vics had kept their unbeaten record in Laudenbach Shield interstate challenges intact. On the morning of day two the men mopped up the third test to claim a clean sweep and formalise a ninth consecutive Abe Corrall Trophy victory, while the ladies team, who retained the Lauden- bach Shield after winning both opening day tests, were comprehensively beaten by the hosts. As in the previous two tests, played in the sear- ing heat at Queanbeyan, the Victorian men jumped The Mighty Vics ran roughshod over the national capital’s representative sides in sizzling condi- tions on day one of last month’s two-day three- match Test Series at the Queanbeyan Bowls Club. Twin Triumphs For Big V • Left: Essendon’s Peter Loe was one of Victoria’s many fine contributors. • Above: Young Carla Odgers from Keilor was in superlative form at Queanbeyan. • Below Left: State skippers in Victoria’s twin triumphs: (back row) Wayne Roberts, Matt Flapper, Mark Jacobsen (front row) Rebecca McMahon, Joyce Lindores, Gayle Edwards. • Top Right: Victoria’s men retained the Abe Corrall Trophy in a clean sweep over ACT. • Right: Our ladies state side won its eleventh succes- sive Laudenbach Shield in Canberra. • Below: Keilor’s Brooke Edwards had an outstanding series leading for Rebecca McMahon.