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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
Bowls In Focus 11 Spizer previously won this champion- ship in 2005, the champion of cham- pions in 1998 and 2001, skipped the state fours title winners in 2000, and has represented Victoria on more than 150 occasions during her bejewelled career. "I never expected to win, in fact this might be the first time in four attempts that I've made it to the second day," McGrath chuckled after the presenta- tions. She had another 'special' experience during the excited scenes immediately following the final when she noticed her son, daughter-in-law and grand- daughter, who had travelled down from Jerilderie to witness the final, amongst the milling crowd in a tearful surprise. Three contenders for the champi- onship were promoted to the second day's semi-finals after play ceased on day one, with Whana, McGrath and Parkinson well in the frame for a shot at the title. Owing to the forecast heat, the match to decide the fourth semi-finalist between Whorlow and Spizer com- menced at 8am on the morning of day two, with the winner to play Parkinson for a spot in the final, while Whana and McGrath faced off for the other berth in the main event. Parkinson, who was a finalist in 2008, defeated Middle Park's Poppy Plumb and Grace Paterson from Orbost on the first day, while Whana enjoyed comfortable wins over Lyn Whalley from Cranbourne and Lara's Joan Ten- nant. Likewise the tenacious McGrath outgunned Rupanyup's Jan Arnold on the morning of day one, then recovered from an early seven-shot deficit to beat Claire Sanders from Yarrawonga & Border Golf. In between two gruelling triples matches on day one, Spizer defeated Mildura's Judy Osborne in a classic singles encounter, when she came from behind to level the scores at 24-apiece, then, when three down on the head, she drove the jack into the ditch with the last delivery of the match to clinch an heroic victory. However, late on the following day, after Joy McGrath had been inducted as the new state champion, Mary-Anne was gracious in defeat. "Joy's a fine champion and as tough as nails," she said. "I have no excuses, and although the conditions were chal- lenging, she played the better bowls on the day and thoroughly deserved her win. "I understood the possibility of this situation existed and am content with the way I competed over the two days." - David Allen Over the years she's taken on many challenges including stints as a shire councillor, justice of the peace and bail justice, while she has also spent time at the news desk of her local community newspaper. A trained nurse and farmer's wife, Kerry first contracted the bowls bug in 1993; and it was just a matter of time before she claimed her first club singles title at the St James Bowls Club, while her inherent community spirit saw Kerry serving on a variety of committees and as president of the club. As it happens, history has a habit of repeating itself, this year as she is again club champion and president. However, it was 1997 that an amaz- ing next stage in her life unfolded. Kerry was becoming increasingly irate at the various interpretations of rules in bowls so she decided to become an umpire, soon gained national accreditation and that was the start of an amazing journey. Always up for a challenge, Kerry also recognised the need for bowlers in the region to have a bowls store in their local area and have access to ranges of apparel and equipment, so in 2002 she opened the Border Bowls Shop in Mulwala, which fills any spare time she may have. On receiving her invitation to the Games, Kerry couldn't wait to confirm her acceptance and says she is honoured and thrilled to be heading to Dehli 2010. - Marnie Gregory • That’s Kerry in the middle fanked by international superstars Betty Morgan from Wales and Malaysia’s Zalina Ahmad. for country champion Victorian Singles Championship at Bendigo Bowls Club Round of 16: N Parkinson (Somerville) d P Plumb (Middle Park) 25-9; G Paterson (Orbost) d B Edwards (Keilor) 25-20; M Spizer (Clayton) d J Osborne (Mildura) 25-24; P Whorlow (Blackburn) d M Rehe (Moama) 25-17; S Whana (Glenroy) d L Whalley (Cranbourne) 25-16; J Tennant (Lara) d J Cockerill (Wallan) 25-16; C Sanders (Yarrawonga & Border Golf) d M Russell (Avenue) 25-12; J McGrath (Portland RSL) d J Arnold (Rupanyup) 25-13. Quarter finals: Parkinson d Pa- terson 25-12; Spizer d Whorlow 25-22; Whana d Tennant 25-10; McGrath d Sanders 25-21. Semi finals: Spizer d Parkinson 25-15, McGrath d Whana 25-17. Final: Joy McGrath (Portland) d Mary-Anne Spizer (Clayton) 25-9. • Above: Newly crowned singles champion Joy McGrath accepts the spoils of victory from state president Maureen Connolly. • Right: Joy McGrath goes fore- hand on route to the biggest win of her career. • Left: Mary-Anne Spizer displayed great courage to fnish as runner- up in the championship.
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