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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
Bowls In Focus 19 Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF LAWN BOWLS pecialised advice & oaching on all your owling needs. Drakes Pride Australia Country VICTORIA'S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. lous Doncaster main green, Moorool- bark skipper Joy Thompson and her partners Ann Thomas, Margaret Enright and Jenny Lewis were equally merciless against Clayton's Paula Wood and her team of Evelyn Martin, Rex Prosser and Marilyn White. When this match went to lunch the Mooroolbark quartet, with Thompson is sizzling form - well aided by the fine lead bowls of Lewis, a newcomer to the game and a genuine talent - were leading 21-1 after 13. And in the middle of these two one- sided affairs Lindores and rinkmates Bill Turner, Lorraine Burke and Jackie Maskell were locked in a no-holds- barred struggle against Mooroolbark's wonderful skip Kay Rawlingson and compatriots Mary Warr, Marion Byrne and Terri Mascaro, with the Barker quartet holding a one-shot 10-9 lead at the adjournment from fourteen nerve- tingling ends. In the two previous post-sectional rounds the Clayton side was in similar situations at lunch but came out firing in the second half to steamroll their opponents. And it looked like a repeat was in the wind when the rink skipped by Wood, a top Victorian state player, energised to claim 10 shots to one over the ensuing six ends. However, Thompson and her crew restored order when they scored eight to one over the closing six to register a great 30-12 win for their club. In contrast to the pre-lunch carnage, where Spizer's side ran roughshod over Smith's Mooroolbark team for 15 ends, the last 10 saw a closer contest with both teams winning five and the Clayton side improving its margin by one. A count of four on the 21st end, when Spizer trailed the jack to a nest of her team's woods took the overall lead to nine, the biggest margin of the match. In an outstanding display of team bowls Spizer, Loyd, Pellas and Mueller were first to finish when they recorded a 32-10 victory to set up their club's hard-fought win. With three ends to play the Lindores rink trailed Rawlingson & Co by five, however, with Jackie Maskell command- ing the lead position, the Clayton side embarked on a rearguard action. Singles on the 23rd and 24th ends put the recently crowned Australian Open singles champion and her side to within three, however, on the final end they were four down on the head when team third Bill Turner sent away his last delivery of the match. It slithered through a minefield of surrounding bowls and fell in as the absolute. At this point, in a very tense pres- sure situation, Lindores demonstrated the dexterity that has taken her all the way to the top. With her first backhand she tapped her side's next best bowl into scoring position, while her next drew beautifully in for a third shot. This count clinched an 18-all tie for her rink, but more importantly, it presented the Clayton side with a seven-shot buffer with just one end of the grand final to be played in the Thompson versus Wood encounter. And despite another end of hero- ics from Mooroolbark's Thompson, Thomas, Enright and Lewis, in which they collected a well-crafted three, the Clayton faithful launched into triumphant bliss as their team claimed the champi- onship by four. The win was Clayton's second VLBA pennant, adding to its Division 5 success in 1986, while the Mooroolbark club has won a total of nine flags, also in the lower divisions, between 1987 and 1995. - David Allen Metropolitan Pennant Grand Finals A1: Clayton d Mooroolbark 62-58 (M Spizer 32 R Smith 10, J Lindores 18 K Rawlingson 18, P Wood 12 J Thompson 30) at Doncaster. A2: Sunshine RSL d Donvale 70-61 (J Kotsiofis 25 M Brown 19, J Dyson 24SBrown21,CThomas21D Strybosch 21) at Hampton. B1: Essendon d Alphington 74-65 (A Hoogwerf 34 P Iliff 11, B Morrison 21 C Curlett 24, F Reid 19 M Minnie 30) at Ivanhoe. B2: Hampton Park d Keysborough 73-58 (H Naismith 29 D McLean 19, H Lambert 20 M McLean 18, C Hendrie 24 G Briggs 21) at Glen Eira McKinnon. • Left: It's party time for the jubilant Clayton side after its hard-fought win at Doncaster. • Below Left: Former international Mary- Anne Spizer skipped her Clayton rink brilliantly in the A1 pennant final. • Above:Gritty Mooroolbark skipper Joy Thompson was a classy performer for her club in the main event. • Below:Richly talented Clayton lead Jackie Maskell played beautifully in her first grand final appearance. • Top Right:• Rookie Mooroolbark lead Jenny Lewis gave an impressive display of draw bowls throughout the match. • Below Right: The great Kay Rawling- son skipped her Mooroolbark rink to a tie in the final.
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