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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
22 Bowls In Focus sters faced their interstate counterpar ts in test matches at both Clayton and Wangaratta. And despite the fact that neither of the five-player Victorian sides conceded a test loss, they experienced the ecstasy and agony of sport by regaining one trophy but were forced to hand over the other. At Clayton, despite losses in both rubbers contested on the final morning, the young Vics combined beauti- fully over three days to defeat the Tasmanian team and win back the Stuart Jackman Shield. The Victorians, Liam Garlick-Adams from Neerim District, Werribee RSL's Dane McKinnon, Ethan Pell from Yarra Glen, Warracknabeal's James Robertson, and Mathew Rennex from Moonee Valley, actually claimed series victory on the previous afternoon when they clinched the second test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the final round. Played annually against the developing crop of Tas- manian youngsters since 2003, the Victorian success was its fourth in the seven interstate challenges since the event's inception. Victoria was positioned to make the series a clean- sweep on the final morning, when singles player Dane McKinnon had a match lie at 24-23 against Tasmania's Peter Bannister, but had to spectate as the young Apple Islander made an heroic three to claim the rubber. Yet another whitewash opportunity arose further up the green when the fours combination of Rennex, Pell, Garlick-Adams and Robertson held a 17-12 lead over the defiant Tasmanian quartet of Andrew Whitmore, Brodie Baker, Matthew Jackson and Michael Sims, after 17 of the scheduled 21-ends had elapsed. However, the enthusiastic visitors displayed plenty of pluck when they claimed six shots over the concluding ends to win the match by a single shot and tie the final test. In a strong all-round performance Dane McKinnon continued his love affair with the Clayton greens by winning four of the six matches in which he appeared. A week earlier the amiable young Werribee RSL premier division pennant player performed magnificently to cap- ture the state under-18 singles crown at the host venue. However, a week after that success, 'another' Victorian junior side travelled to Wangaratta to contest the biennial Downs McFarlane Shield against the ACT juniors. This state combination comprised, Ben McArthur Pre Australian Open SALE 40% off Ladies VLBA navy clothing in stock Phone & Mail Orders are welcome. 03 5821 1556 Call in & see Keith and Cathy 101 Fryers St Shepparton 3630 An ide al gift for a bowler If you enjoyed Neville's previous books Bowl'em Over and A Tad More Grass you will love his delightful third book. It's fresh, funny and new. This tongue- incheek potpourri of anecdotes, poems and cartoons about lawn bowls will make you smile! Books are available from some bowls shops or direct from Neville at a cost of $20 including postage. No need to send money until you are happy with your purchase. All that is required is a postal address. Call Neville on (08) 9309 3108 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org All the profits are for Alzheimer's Australia Research so by buying a copy of Neville's latest book you will be supporting a very worthwhile organisation. Mixed fortunes for state juniors • Above: Young Vics: Liam Garlick-Adams, Ethan Pell, James Robertson, Mathew Rennex and Dane McKinnon regained the Stuart Jackman Shield at Clayton. • Left: Experienced junior Ben McArthur skipped the unbeaten fours combination at Wangaratta. • Right: Yarra Glen's Ethan Pell was a fine contribu- tor to his team's success against Tasmania.