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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
18 Bowls In Focus The powerful Clayton side realised its lofty potential when it won the VLBA Metropolitan A1 Pennant grand final at the Doncaster Bowls Club last month. In an absorbing contest the Claybirds defeated a spirited Mooroolbark side by four shots to finish the season as undisputed champions. During the home and away fixture the Clayton side won all of its matches while amassing a 724 shots-up ag- gregate, while the Barkers lost four and finished 294 shots up. Likewise in post-sectional play Clayton outgunned the previously unde- feated Glenroy team by 21 and annexed it with a comfortable 23-shot win over the strong Ashburton side; while the Mooroolbark ladies beat Dandenong Club by 16 to reach the semi finals, then claimed a last-bowl-of-the-match four- shot win over Blackburn to gain their spot in the final. On the strength of these statistics it would seem a Clayton victory was a mere formality, but nothing could be further from the reality. Prior to the final Clayton coach and state skipper Joyce Lindores said: "We never underestimate any opponent and only a fool would in a two-horse race. "We've played against some of these Mooroolbark ladies in the past and have great respect for them. I can tell you the likes of Kay (Rawlingson), Joy (Thompson) and Mary (Warr) are terrific bowlers and tough competitors. This will be a fight to the finish, mark my words." This prophecy proved to be accurate from the very first bowl of the match, and although Clayton were never in arrears, scores were level at the lunch interval, while Mooroolbark's nine-shot deficit after 63-ends was the biggest of the final. However, the manner in which the scoreboards progressed throughout the match's 75-ends will live long in the grey cells of most spectators. At one end of the green the Clayton rink of skipper Mary-Anne Spizer, Jan Loyd, Anne Pellas and Sandra Mueller was belting Mooroolbark skipper Robyn Smith and her team of Jo Nyhuis, Pat Garden and Ann Wilkinson mercilessly. Spizer, who has represented Australia several times and played over 200 games for Victoria, was at her brilliant best, while her team hardly put a foot, or a bowl, wrong. At lunch they led 24-3 after 15-ends. But, at the other end of the marvel- Clayton Tops In A1 Metro Pennant New Bowls Victoria Diary We are pleased to advise the Bowls Victoria eighteen (18) month diary covering the period 1 June 2010 to 31 December 2011, will be available April 2010. Clubs and Districts/ Associations are encouraged to place advance orders as soon as possible to ensure supply. Cost: $7.25 (GST inclusive) per diary (plus postage)
Bowls In Focus May 2010