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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
6 Bowls In Focus We accept that hindsight is a wonderful thing, but the reality that the Victorian men’s team came within a centimetre of winning the prestigious Alley Shield as the nation’s top state in South Australia last month can’t be ignored. In the opening round against arch rivals NSW at the Holdfast Bay Bowls Club, scores were level going into the final end of the match, with Victorian skipper Wayne Roberts going to the mat a couple down on the head. His challenge was to trail the jack about 30cm to a waiting Victorian bowl, which he did beautifully, however, when the dust settled a NSW bowl was still found to be marginally closer. The resultant one-shot loss to the Two-Blues would ultimately be costly after the Victorian side finished the seven rounds just two points behind the Queenslanders - who notched up a hattrick - but with a superior shots-up and rinks won aggregate. Adding more insult to injury was the Big V’s win over the Queensland side in the last round, which was the sunshine state’s first loss in three years, while it was Victoria’s third successive r unner-up finish in the same period. Our women’s side completed its schedule with three wins and a tie to finish in fourth place, which is probably a disappointing result considering the depth of talent available on Victorian earth. A loss to the undermanned Queensland side in the final round and a draw with the host state in the second cost our girls the chance of a silver medal. It was the West Australians who claimed the Marj Morris Trophy in a superb perfor mance, being unbeaten in seven star ts. The Sandgropers were the most efficient, enthusiastic and well-drilled side in the field, which magnified the value of having a structured high perfor mance program similar to the genre embraced by the WA state squad. Both teams losing to NSW on the opening mor ning, with just one rink win apiece, was not an ideal start to the Victorian campaign. Ironically, the two winning rinks would emerge as the state’s best-performed for the tour nament, with the men’s combination of skipper Mark Jacobsen from Moonee Ponds, Werribee RSL’s Brett Dodd, Lalor’s Ian Ewing and Barrie Lester, also from Moonee Ponds, along with the women’s quartet of skipper Joyce Lindores from Clayton, Essendon’s Anna Hoogwerf, Glenroy’s Jennifer Salmon and debutante Kellie Bowles from Warr nambool being the standouts. Young Bowles made an auspicious debut for the state and could easily be a long-ter m prospect as she played with the maturity and stealth under pressure of a veteran. Led by the rink of skipper Matty Flapper from Essendon, Altona’s Paul Dorgan, Peter Loe from Essendon and Altona’s Brenton Coad, the Victorian men claimed a 20-shot win over the South Australians in round two, while the women could only manage a draw. Best for the girls was the team of skipper Gayle Edwards from Keilor, daughter Brooke, also from Keilor, Yarrawonga & Border Golf ’s Anne Miles and Keilor’s Carla Odgers, who had played superbly to establish a healthy lead coming into the finishing ends and would be miffed at surrendering a couple of untimely counts. The third round saw the Victorian men suffer their second loss to the ACT in three days - they were mauled in a practice outing on the eve of the championship. This was an amazing turnaround by the ACT side that lost its three test matches to the Vics in Queanbeyan last November by a total of 127 shots, and they accomplished it with all rinks up. However, the women notched up their first victory for the tournament with the combination of skipper Rebecca McMahon from Colac City, Clayton’s Paula Wood, Robyn Thomassen from Grangebur n and Colac City’s Hayley Miller in top form. Both teams avenged their test series losses to Tasmania earlier this year with comfortable victories over the Apple Islanders in the four th round. The rink of skipper Wayne Roberts, Lee Schraner from Brighton, Bundoora RSL’s Nick McIntyre and Brad Holland from Centimetre Perfect Almost
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