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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
There can be no doubting the Australia Day Pairs Classic at Warrnambool Bowls Club is one of the blue ribbon annual tournaments on the circuit when top lady bowlers travel to the coastal haven from no fewer than four states to compete. It's a major event in sports-mad Warrnambool, where the city's famous May Racing Carnival rules the roost, and attracts plenty of positive media attention for the sport. It's a stark contrast to the Annual Steeplechase has been fending from the animal liberation movement over recent years. To be sure the sight of one of these finely tuned thoroughbreds crashing to the ground after negoti- ating a hurdle can churn the stomach, but this is a hazard that chasers face every time they go out. Although the pain was only limited to the hip pocket, there was a similar scenario when four of the front runners at last month's bowls Classic fell at the last hurdle, when well in sight of the finishing post. Five undefeated teams lead the way heading into the last of the five 15-enders, with South Aus- tralians Jenny Waugh and Heather Richards well in front on shots-up, followed by fellow Croweaters Merna Whitehead and Dianne Murch. Next came City Memorial's Kaye Maddern and Dot Gleeson; Sharon Whana and Judy Stainton from Glenroy; and the Yarraville Footscray duo of Betty Hassold and Sharon Fletcher. In the previous round overnight leaders Joyce Lindores from Clayton and local champion Kellie Bowles toppled along the back straight at the hands of previously winless Beth Chittenden from Burwood and Alma's Dot Forster, and found them- selves relegated to sixth place. However, the giant killing heroics of Chittenden and Forster weren't restricted to a one-off when Croweaters Crash Oz Day Pairs Party • Above: City Memorial's Kaye Maddern was well in contention coming into the final round. • Left: Classic winners Heather Richards and Jenny Waugh with the imposing Bendigo Bank trophy.
Bowls In Focus May 2010