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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
Bowls In Focus 15 But the Warracknabeal ladies retaliated with a pair of singles to be one ahead with just three ends re- maining. And this is where Seymour leader Jenny Ridd and middle-pin Ann Borham -- the reigning state champion of champions -- who had been in great form in the earlier semi- final, acted out their finest scenes of the big show. Both had put their two bowls within centimetres of the jack. Despite Blackley's best efforts to disturb both clusters, the Seymour side managed to count two and three to covet a four-shot lead going into the last. Without fuss the Warrackna- beal trio continued to go about their business unfazed, and on a 'less than attractive' end, they held three not-so-close counters, before Borham grooved one of her pink woods in for shot. However, with her final bowl, Blackley drew the absolute closest to end her team's championship tilt as runners-up. In the morning semi-finals the Warracknabeal ladies struggled to gain the ascendancy against Boort's Thelma Moresi, Roma Cain and Lorna Gardner when they trailed 2-9 at the seven-end mark and 6-12 with eight ends to play. The Boort ladies, who hail from a club with just a hand- ful of members, were sentimental favourites going into the match. However, with middle pin Lorraine Fuller displaying her full range of shots, the Warracknabeal side won the following seven ends to be four ahead on the last, and claimed vic- tory by two. Further across the marvellous Bendigo show green in the cor- responding semi-final, the even- tual winners went through a similar scenario when they were in arrears to the Maryborough Highland side of Jan Turner, Norma Brumby and Meryl James, who had leapt to favouritism after eliminating the crack Clayton team on day one. The Seymour girls trailed 3-9 after six, but recovered to be 14-12 up ten ends later, mainly due to Borham's exquisite draw bowls -- it was a clas- sic reminder of how she dominated the champion of champions finals at Wodonga last year. From there they added a four and a single to run out relatively easy winners. Final day was an all-country af- fair with the teams from Seymour, Maryborough Highland, Boort and Warracknabeal graduating from the previous day's two energy-sapping rounds. To reach the business end of the championship the Seymour team defeated Margaret Kerr, Janice Grey and Mandy McInnes from Murray Downs, then Mornington Civic's Joan Bretherton, Leonie Freeman and Elsie Weir on day one. Similarly, the Highlanders out- gunned the Orbost side of Grace Pa- terson, Robyn Kellow and Maureen Cooney in the morning, and then claimed victory over Clayton's Joyce Lindores, Mary-Anne Spizer and Lor- raine Burke in a nail-biting afternoon quarter-final. In round one the Clayton side had blitzed Yarraville Footscray's Judy Nardella, Jean Smith and Pauline McNamara by 20 shots, finishing three ends ahead of schedule in a brilliant exhibition. Further across the green, the popular Boort combination recovered from a poor start to eliminate Black- burn's Patty Whorlow, Bev Elliott and Sue Leon on the final end of round one, then finished all over 'giantkillers' Warrnambool in the quarter-finals. In the opening round it was the Warrnambool side of Helen Lock, Chris McMahon and Colleen Haberfield that ended the reign of defending champions Jan Hurst, Jen- nifer Salmon and Judy Davey from Glenroy. The performance of Haber- field in the lead position over the first 12 ends of this eliminator will be long remembered by the huge crowd that surrounded the green. The Warracknabeal side made it into day two by collecting strong wins against Belmont's Val Hardy, Carole Hannabury and Annette Phayre, then the highly fancied Yarrawonga & Bor- der Golf combination of Joy Johnson, Dulcie Robinson and Kim Lefevre. In the opening round the Border Golf team had to overcome an early seven-shot deficit against Glen Eira McKinnon's Denese Brick, Gail Nadelman and Laura Grayden before powering away to a 12-shot win, while the Mornington Civic trio were far too consistent for Berwick's Barb Gribbin, Bev McIntyre and Joan Heg- gart, winning by nine. And during the emotional scenes which followed the final, two of the Seymour club's best-known stalwarts, Jenny Kreemers and Denise Hogan, who are always visible at any major event, were prominent for being equally, if not more thrilled than the winners. - David Allen • Above: Winning skipper Alison Hall urges this delivery into the head. • Below: Reigning state champion of champions Ann Borham was in superb form on final day. • Above Right: The popular Boort com- bination of Lorna Gardner, Roma Cain and Thelma Moresi. Victorian Triples Championship at Bendigo Bowls Club Round of 16: Mornington Civic (J Bretherton, L Freeman, E Weir) d Berwick (B Gribbin, B McIntyre, J Heggart) 23-14; Seymour (A Hall, A Borham, J Ridd) d Murray Downs (M Kerr, J Grey, M McInnes) 17-10; Maryborough Highland (J Turner, N Brumby, M James) d Orbost (G Paterson, R Kellow, M Cooney) 20-8; Clayton (J Lindores, M Spizer, L Burke) d Yarraville Footscray (J Nardella, J Smith, P McNamara) 29-9; Warrnambool (H Lock, C McMahon, C Haberfield) d Glenroy (J Hurst, J Salmon, J Hurst) 18-14; Boort (T Moresi, R Cain, L Gardner) d Blackburn (P Whorlow, B Elliott, S Leon) 17-14; Yarrawonga & Border Golf (J Johnson, D Robinson, K Lefevre) d Glen Eira McKinnon (D Brick, G Nadelman, L Grayden) 26-14; Warracknabeal (V Blackley, L Fuller, N Belot) d Belmont (V Hardy, C Hannabury, A Phayre) 19-10. Quarter finals: Seymour d Morn- ington Civic 22-14; Maryborough Highland d Clayton 14-12; Boort d Warrnambool 20-14; Warracknabeal d Yarrawonga & Border Golf 20-11. Semi finals: Warracknabeal d Boort 20-14, Seymour d Marybor- ough Highland 19-12. Final: Alison Hall, Ann Borham, Jenny Ridd (Seymour) d Verna Blackley, Lorraine Fuller, Noreen Belot (Warracknabeal) 18-15.
March April 2010