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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
Said, along with World Cup singles winner Leif Selby from NSW, while Queensland's World Cham- pion of Champions Brett Wilkie, last year's Open winner was an automatic inclusion. Likewise the women's entry list featured Com- monwealth Games gold medallist Zalina Ahmad from Malaysia, New Zealand's World Bowls cham- pion Val Smith, World Cup singles winner Alison Merrien from Guernsey, and recently crowned World Champion of Champions Kelsey Cottrell from Queensland, who as reigning Open champion also went straight into the main draw. Ironically only one of these eight superstars, Brett Wilkie, managed to make it through to any of the quarter finals, which is where his run at a sec- ond title was thwarted by another top international, David Holt, who skipped the England four to gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. In the men's singles final it was Aron Sherriff from Halekulani on the Central NSW coast who came up trumps in a cracking match against Eng- land's Graham Shadwell. Sherriff, who turned his back on international selection two years ago, citing a young family and employment as paramount, was recently invited back into the Australian squad and justified that rethink at Shepparton Park. However, it was Joyce Lindores who hoisted the Victorian flag to the top of the pole with a brilliant exhibition in the women's singles final, where she trounced Queensland international Julie Keegan, a former Open winner in 2006, to claim the $18,000 champion's cheque. The former Scottish international star, who has won four world titles and a Commonwealth Games gold medal in her bejewelled career, defeated Kee- gan in straight sets 10-6 11-2 on the Shepparton Park show green. After three ends of the opening set Keegan lead 6-1, but from that point onwards Lindores took total control and only allowed Keegan one more scoring end for the match. Showing the experience gained from twenty years in the sport's upper echelon, having repre- sented Scotland in five Commonwealth Games and four World Bowls campaigns, Lindores not only outplayed Keegan in the tricky conditions, she outwitted her as well. It was a demonstration of tactical excellence, which was soberly recognised by the Australian team hierarchy who witnessed the demolition. Well-known bowls aficionado Jimmy Burke, who was perched high in the grandstand described it as a 'professional execution'. "Joyce was far too accomplished and far too smart for Keegan," he said. "I watched both of them before the match started, and while Keegan was swanning around the corporate boxes in her designer sunglasses, Joyce sat calmly in the shade preparing for the contest. "And although Keegan played some fine bowls on the second and third ends of the first set, once Joyce worked out how to play the conditions it was no contest at all. "There were no histrionics or cartwheels from Joyce when the match was over either, she quietly turned around, shook hands with Keegan and thanked her for the game. It was a professional execution." Recently retired England legend Mary Price - an adversary of Lindores in so many Anglo-Celtic bowls battles over the past two decades - was at • Opposite page: Newly crowned singles champions Aron Sherriff and Joyce Lindores. • Above: Clayton clubmates Tony Wood and Michael Wilks clinched the men's pairs silver medal. • Top: It's gold for Burwood's Terry Rawlings, Mike Chittenden and Paul Morris in the Over-60 triples. • Above Right: Open singles champion Joyce Lindores on her winning way. • Right: Queenslander Julie Keegan was overwhelmed in the main event.
Bowls In Focus May 2010