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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
24 Bowls In Focus HCozens sur vived some pretty hot stuff in the final series of the AER Mixed Pairs Challenge played at Glen Eira McKinnon last month. They defeated the talented Gunbower combination of Frank Tonn and Jan Morton in a tiebreak 7-8 9-2 7-1. Apart from heat Melbourne served up for the weekend, causing several teams to call it a day in the sectional rounds, the Horsham husband and wife team had some very hot con- tests on their hands. From the end of the sectional play they were under pressure winning their third round, quarter-final and semi-final matches on tiebreakers as well. On the other hand the Gunbower duo were never under pressure until the final. Tonn was selected to skip a Group 4 rink in the RVBA Victorian Group Sides Championship at Corowa on day one of the finals, so in the sectional play on Saturday he was 'substituted' by jovial Ross Morton. Ross and Jan won their three sec- tional games against Bruce Evans and Helen Couchman from Hastings, Murrumbeena's Brian Booker and Vivienne Benatar and Fitzroy- Victoria's Daniel Woodrow and Jane McMenaman. With Group 4 out of contention by finish of play on Saturday Frank made the trip to Melbourne for the knockout. He and Jan defeated Hampton's Rob and Ellen Coulsen on a tiebreak in the quarter-finals and then accounted for the highly favoured Marysville pair of Mark Sim- mons and Jenny Tirant 15-3 15-9 in the semi final. Like Tonn, Simmons also had Yarra Valley Nepean representative commitments in the Sides Champi- onship and was substituted by Paul Tirant for the sectional play. In the sectional play on Satur- day the Tirants sailed through their section with a bye first up and then defeated Ron Milurias and Del Gordon from Geelong RSL, followed by Moama's Vern and Merlyn Rehe in straight sets. When it came to the quarter-finals on Sunday morning Mark and Jenny had to sit it out on the sidelines with the bye, as did Queenscliff's Robert and Denise Clark. And while it gave them time to size up the opposition, it did not give Sim- mons and Tirant real time to adjust to the green and conditions. In contrast Tonn was on fire, as was his lead who is only in her fourth season of bowls. Mark and Jenny could not get a break and if lady luck really is on the green at times, then this pair was out of favour with her. In the meantime Rex and Betty were having it tough too. In the third sectional game they squeaked in against Bundoora RSL's Nick McIn- tyre and Rose Kelly in a tiebreak. In their quarter-final match against Caulfield Park's Brian Rosenberg and Ann McCarthy, Rex and Betty had a close tussle in the opening set where the score stood 4-all after the seventh end. Then Rosenberg and McCarthy won the eighth with a five to take a big lead and finished by winning the set 10-5. In the second set it was the Hor- sham pair who turned the tables on the last end picking up a three to win 8-7 and take the match to a three- end tiebreak. They won that with a comfortable 6-0 score. The semi final against Queensc- liff's Robert and Denise Clark saw Rex and Betty off to a flying start by opening up a three-shot lead on the first end and held on to their advantage to win the first set 10-6. In the second they just withstood the firepower of the Queenscliff combina- tion but managed to fall across the line with a 9-all draw, enough to take them through to the final against the Gunbower guns. The odds were weighing heavily in Tonn and Morton's favour on the strength of their earlier performance and they were both on their game. Frank had been irrepressible on the occasions when his shot was taken out and he simply put it back. Gunbower won the first set 8-7 but in the second set Betty, who dominates competitions in her region, really began to fire while Rex showed his opposition that no gap was too small to get a winning shot through. They won the second set with an easy 9-2 margin to force the tiebreaker. In the decider the Horsham City pair picked up four on the opening end, while on the second Frank trailed the jack to gain a single, but on the third and final end Betty surrounded the jack allowing the Horsham City pair to claim a three to win the tiebreaker 7-1 and take out the final As Victorian winners the Cozens' will now contest the national final to be played in conjunction with the Australian Open at Shepparton Park and Mooroopna this month. Apart from the chance to share the stage with leading Australian and international players at the Open, the national winners will also receive a trip to Singapore, courtesy of co- sponsor Singapore Airlines plus a large share of the prizemoney pool. - Di Gatehouse SUPPLIERS OF ALL MAJOR BRANDS: Ph.03 5248 0856 Fax 035248 1526 HENSELITE TAYLORS DRAKES PRIDE GREENMASTER DOMINO CATHEAD AND MANY MORE DEMO BOWLS AVAILABLE TO TRY BEFORE YOU BUY • Victorian winners Rex and Betty Cozens with runners-up Jan Morton and Frank Tonn. F Mixed Pairs orian Finals n Eira McKinnon Bowls Club Section 1: Rd.1: Benalla (R Weston, J Weston) d Caulfield Park (B Rosenberg, A McCarthy) 9-8 7-9 3-2, Lalor (D Stephenson, D Gleason) d Mul- grave CC (P Phelan, K Phelan) 11-2 8-11 4-1. Rd.2: Caul Pk d Lal 19-1 12-4, Ben d Mul CC w/o. Rd.3: Caul Pk d Mul CC w/o, Lal d Ben 15-5 9-3. Winners: Caulfield Park. Section 2: Rd.1: Kew Heights (G Mathers, P O'Meara) d Seymour (M Haughton, A Borham) 11-6 10-8, Hampton (R Coulsen, E Coulsen) d Ivanhoe (D Ryan, M Norton) 7-6 12-4. Rd.2: Hamp d Kew Hts w/o, Ivan d Sey 8-5 6-10 4-3. Rd.3: Ivan d Kew Hts w/o, Hamp d Sey 11-9 8-7. Win- ners: Hampton. Section 3: Rd.1: Queenscliff (R Clark, D Clark) d Yarraville Footscray (M Baker, B Hassold) 8-4 9-2, Mt Waverley (M Curren, D Handley) d Hurstbridge (D Grace, L Oliver) 16-2 17-3. Rd.2: Y/Foots d Mt Wav 8-7 0-14 6-3, Queens d Hurst 11-7 14-3. Rd.3: Hurst d Y/Foots 8-7 6-7 3-1, Mt Wav d Queens 5-8 8-7 4-1. Winners: Queenscliff. Section 4: Rd.1: Gunbower (F Tonn, J Morton) d Hastings (B Evans, H Couchman) 11-4 8-5, Murrumbeena (B Booker, V Benatar) d Fitzroy-Victoria (D Woodrow, J McMenaman) 7-7 8-7. Rd.2: Hast d Murr 15-9 11-6, Gunb d Fitz-Vic 11-7 8-4. Rd.3: Fitz-Vic d Hast 4-8 13-6 5-2, Gunb d Murr 11-4 8-5. Winners: Gunbower. Section 5: Rd.1: Middle Park (T Morris, P Plumb) d Bundoora RSL (N McIntyre, R Kelly) 6-5 9-9, Hor- sham City (R Cozens, B Cozens) d Rupanyup (B Bywaters, C Isbel) 8-9 7-8. Rd.2: Hor C d M/Pk 12-6 11-4, Bun RSL d R'yup 8-11 9-5 4-2. Rd.3: M/Pk d R'yup 8-8 8-6, Hor C d Bun RSL 8-6 9-11 3-1. Winners: Horsham City. Section 6: Rd.1: Moama (V Rehe, M Rehe) d Geelong RSL (R Milurias, D Gordon) 15-4 7-9 2-1, Marysville (M Simmons, J Tirant) Bye. Rd.2: Moama Bye, M'ville d Geel RSL 9-5 13- 9. Rd.3: M'ville d Moama 12-4 8-7, Geel RSL Bye. Winners: Marysville. Quarter finals: Marysville Bye, Gunbower d Hampton 6-11 8-5 3-0, Horsham City d Caulfield Park 10-5 7-8 6-0, Queenscliff Bye. Semi finals: Gunbower d Marysville 15-3 15-9, Horsham City d Queensc- liff 10-6 9-9. Final: Horsham City d Gunbower 7-8 9-2 7-1. Country Cozens claim Mixed final
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