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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
30 Bowls In Focus Nathalia's Kerry Scott has emerged victorious in the final of last month's State Novice Singles Champi- onship at the Euroa Bowls Club. In the championship final that went to Scott over Samantha Robinson from Werribee RSL, spectators would have been excused if they felt they were watching a more senior event, such was the level of pressure bowling in a match where the result did not reflect the standard of play. Apart from their obvious skills, Kerry and Samantha also share other things in common. Both players have been bowling for a year and both are experiencing their first season of pennant. And both were inveigled into bowls by another member of the family. Kerry, who has already chalked up her club singles title, said she has had a go at every sport but has been kept away from the sports arena in recent years because of her job, as a man- ager for Woolworths in Brisbane. "I've worked all over the place," she quipped. In recent years she has returned to Victoria and after a stint at milking cows, which, as far as she is con- cerned are head the animal kingdom, she started working for her mum in the family plant nursery. But with several generations of family playing bowls she had little choice but to get on the green herself, and with impressive results. Samantha, who works for a compli- ance audit company, followed her mother Lesley into the sport after play- ing netball for nearly twenty years. "But my heart wasn't in it, I think it's now with bowls," she laughed. The other thing that Kerri and Samantha had in common was that they both walked away with their semi finals in clashes that 'bankers' consid- ered would be close. In the her semi final Samantha ac- counted for Colac's Pauline Price 21-9 and Kerry was home against Donvale youngster Julia De Marchi 21-8. Samantha opened confidently in the final and from nine ends had a 6-4 lead after keeping Kerry out on three ends on the trot. But on the 10th end Kerry turned the tables when she picked up the jack and trailed it to her two back bowls to hold three, and then put in the perfect draw on the forehand to pick up a full house and take the lead by two shots. After 14 ends Kerry held an 11-8 lead and while the heads were tight, it was Kerry who was finding the jack, and on the 15th she put in a toucher with her last bowl to pick up three. By the 20th end Kerry had opened up a 17-12 lead and had all but put a lid on the championship when again she sent up a toucher with her last bowl to pick up three. Her winning single came on the next end. For last year's winner Jenny Tirant from Marysville, this year's final was played in much calmer circumstances than she had had to contend with when she won last year, the day after Black Saturday. A spectator this year Jenny said she was glad she was out of Marys- ville and enjoying the peace and quiet of Euroa. "It's mad up there," said Jenny ex- plaining the onslaught of the media on the first anniversary of Victoria's worst bushfires on record. - Di Gatehouse Victorian Novice Singles Championship at Euroa Bowls Club Round of 16: Valerie Farr (Mildura Workingmans) d Lanni Pham (Glen- roy) 21-16, Pauline Price (Colac) d Hilary Johnson (Pakenham) 21-10, Samantha Robinson (Werribee RSL) d Debbie Sherry (Edithvale) 21-17, Elizabeth Kierce (Central Wendou- ree) d Ericka Koskelainen (Wallan) 21-17, Loreign Andrews (Cobden) d June Davis (Boronia) 21-19, Julia De Marchi (Donvale) d Ellie Rosewall (Charlton) 21-12, Nicole Curtis (Morwell Rec) d Colleen Maslew (Sandringham) 21-18, Kerry Scott (Nathalia) d Jodie Maddern (Kaniva) 21-11. Quarter finals: Price d Farr 21-11, Robinson d Kierce 21-9, De Marchi d Andrews 21-6, Scott d Curtis 21-8. Semi finals: Robinson d Price 21-9, Scott d De Marchi 21-8. Final: Kerry Scott (Nathalia) d Samantha Robinson (Werribee RSL) 21-12. Kerry Is State's Top Rookie • Top: Nathalia's Kerry Scott shows winning form at Euroa. • Above: Newly crowned champion Kerry Scott is flanked by tournament director Gillian Jolly and president Maureen Connolly. • Left: Samantha Robinson from Werribee RSL was a worthy finalist in the novice singles.
Bowls In Focus May 2010