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Bowls In Focus : December 2009
18 Bowls In Focus H U B Poile, who recently completed her Diploma in Spor ts Management and Events, was in blistering form when she brought the fine run of Deniliquin's Carly Crothers to an end winning 25-9 in the final to claim her first state title. Back in the game following a long absence, and the arrival of daughter Phoebe just six weeks earlier, 24-year-old Crothers (formerly Carly Moss) who was formerly one of the state's top juniors, had had little preparation for this tournament, but decided to enter to 'see if she could be the first mum to win the event'. Well, she gave it a great shake and endeared herself to everyone in the crowd with her sportsmanship and exuberance. Earlier, both semi finals were electrifying and gave onlookers a superb insight into the talent around the state. One was heard to say 'this bowling is as good, if not better, than anything we see on the telly' which was not far from the truth. Poile was outstanding in her win over Bacchus Marsh's Amy Gloury who shows great promise. Just a few shots separated them at 18-14, when Poile gained the break by trailing a beautifully weighted bowl through for two. However, not to be denied and down four on the head on the next end, Amy came through with a pearler and sat the bowl. Kirsty then went on to win 25-18, but Amy was playing her shots until the end and will be better for the experience. The tension in the other match between Crothers and Glenroy's Sarah Smith was pulsating. Smith settled quickest and relished the conditions, throwing long ends and skipping out to lead 12-7, before Crothers won the mat and came back to level pegging playing draw shots and thoughtful conversions. It was real cat and mouse stuff. This match became a marathon and when Smith led 23-19 but lost her way when Crothers won the next few ends and slipped into the lead by one, after collect- ing three on a tight head when a Smith weighted shot took out her nearest. When the scores sat at 24-all, the last roll of the dice saw Crothers hugging the jack with Smith again forced to attack, but her drive missed the target giving the match to the new mum, after 35 riveting ends. The road to the finals for Crothers saw her pull away from Mooroopna's Ebony Thatcher after being 18-all to win 25-19, then a terrific win over one of the favourites Natalie Parkinson from Somerville, also 25-19. The eventual winner kicked off her assault with a telling win over Glenroy's Melissa Cassar, who found the damp conditions not to her liking, then defeating another favourite, reigning champion and 2009 NSW Open Under-25 singles winner Lisa Phillips from Yal- lourn 25-18. For Carly it was her last tilt at an Under-25 event. She enjoyed the tournament so much that she has entered the Australian Open with her mother Joan Moss and is busily arranging a baby sitter. Kirsty Poile was a deserving winner of the hand- some Moreland Bowling Club Perpetual Trophy. She had played mature, consistent bowls throughout and what a telling statement she made. In 2007 she was unceremoniously belted 25-5 by Keilor's Carla Odgers and was eliminated by Yallourn's Lisa Phillips last year, but her passion is bowls and with studies now out of the way, she has certainly sent out a message she is well and truly back. The event coincided with the Jane McGrath Foundation Pink Day and the Werribee RSL ladies and competitors gave great support. The clubrooms were 'pinked' beyond belief, while the bowlers and officials wore something pink and the club donated all funds from the meals and 'pink raffle' to the cause. A great occasion and thank you to the Werribee RSL for a their terrific support. - Marnie Gregory VLBA Under-25 Singles Championship at Werribee RSL Bowls Club Qualifying round: Lisa Phillips (Yallourn) d Chloe Stewart (Sunbury) 25-24, Melanie Watt (Lalor) d Kirsten Day (Monbulk) 25-7, Sarah Smith (Glen- roy) d Alexandra Smith (Cobram) 25-10. Round of 16: Elisa Rigoni (Shepparton Golf) d Aimee Roberts (Warburton) 25-24, Amy Gloury (Bacchus Marsh) d Victoria Troster (Glen Waver- ley) 25-24, Kirsty Poile (Heatherdale) d Melissa Cassar (Glenroy) 25-8, Phillips d Watt 25-12, Smith d Stephanie Priest (Bendigo) 25-20, Julia De Marchi (Donvale) d Chloe Bradley (Newport) 25-14, Natalie Parkinson (Somerville) d Chantel Gray (Healesville) 25-3, Carly Crothers (De- niliquin) d Ebony Thatcher (Mooroopna) 25-19. Quarter finals: Gloury d Rigoni 25-18, Poile d Phillips 25-18, Smith d De Marchi 25-12, Crothers d Parkinson 25-19. Semi finals: Crothers d Smith 25-23, Poile d Gloury 25-14. Final: Kirsty Poile (Heatherdale) d Carly Crothers (Deniliquin) 25-9. • Top Left: VLBA president Maureen Connolly with championship finalists Kirsty Poile and Carly Crothers. • Above: Kirsty Poile sends one away during her victory march. • Left: Young mum Carly Crothers goes on the backhand in the state final. Comeback Kirsty's State Crown