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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
The country domination of Victoria's major championships continued at the Bendigo Bowls Club last month when Joy McGrath from Portland RSL claimed the blue ribbon VLBA State Singles title. In the ten years since 2000 country contenders have won seven state singles titles; six champion of cham- pion crowns; six pairs championships; and seven fours finals. Adding to the metropolitan misery, McGrath made it eight from 11 when she played immaculate bowls to comfortably defeat former champion Mary-Anne Spizer from Clayton in the final, and add her name to the past winners engraved on the coveted Joyce Larkin Shield. The gallant Spizer, who had been on the green for the entirety of the twin championships at Bendigo - she played four singles matches and two triples rounds - finally succumbed to the searing temperatures and an even hotter opponent in the main event. Early on the morning of day two Spizer staged a great comeback to steal a rescheduled quarter-final match from Blackburn's Patty Whor- low, after trailing 17-21. Whorlow had been in great form herself, recovering for a 0-7 early deficit to steam past Spizer, and looked a sure thing to gain promotion to the final four when the Clayton star collected a fine full count to level the scores. A single to the reigning Blackburn club singles champion on the next end had the large crowd on the edge of their seats, before Spizer struck again with another maximum count to force her way into the top four. In the semi-finals McGrath was too accomplished for Glenroy's up-and- coming Sharon Whana, while Spizer easily accounted for Somerville's bub- bly youngster Natalie Parkinson in a much-anticipated encounter that failed to reach the heights many spectators had expected. However, in the championship play-off Spizer, who was clearly fa- tigued from a full card in the previous day's heat, and another two matches prior to the final, was simply unable to stem the tide of McGrath's deft draw bowling. And when scores were relatively close at 8-4 to McGrath after eight ends, the fiercely determined Portland RSL star applied the blowtorch to col- lect 13 shots to one over the ensuing nine ends. From there it was merely a matter of playing out to the required 25 shots as McGrath claimed a two on the 21st end to claim the title. "I have enormous respect for Mary-Anne, she's one of the greatest Victorian players of all time," said McGrath. "So to win this champion- ship, and to have done so by beating her in the final, makes it even more special." Described as one of life s quiet achievers, renowned umpire Kerry Ralph is one of ten Austra- lians to have been selected as International Technical Officials for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in India later this year from October 3-10. There are seven Victorians join- ing with Kerry, including national officiating director Mark Cowan, Ken Chapman, Robert Carlson, Peter Delaney, John Roberts and Darryl Rowley together with Gillian Harris-Mayes (ACT), Terri Crozier (NT) and Joan Brotherton (Qld). Over the past 10 years Kerry has officiated at many interna- tional events including the 2000 Womens World Bowls at Moama, 2003 World Champion of Cham- pions, also at Moama, 2006 Asia Pacific Games and Common- wealth Games at Darebin and the recent Arafura Games in Darwin, and always goes about her busi- ness quietly, but the beginnings of her career are revealing. She hails from Lake Rowan, a small hamlet 25km south of Yarrawonga, where Kerry is con- sidered something of an enigma. Delhi here she comes! Sheer Joy
March April 2010