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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
16 Bowls In Focus In a dream ending to an outstanding season metropolitan champions Clayton captured last month’s VLBA State Pennant Sides Championship at the City of Echuca Bowls Club. They defeated Lakes Entrance - who won this championship in 2001 at Benalla - by eleven shots in an excitement-charged final to complete the sea- son without a loss and can justly claim the mantel of Victoria’s undisputed champions. Clayton, who had been notorious slow starters, confounded the huge crowd at the outset when they raced to a 17-6 lead after just a handful of ends and maintained this cushion for the duration of the 54-end battle. Chief contributor to their victory was the combi- nation of skipper Mary-Anne Spizer and her team of Jan Loyd, Anne Pellas and Sandra Mueller, who dished out a 30-shot thumping to the Lakes En- trance quartet of Joy Towers, Dulcie James, Dawn Severs and Doris Axisa. The other two Lakes Entrance rinks managed to win their rubbers, but were unable to match the scor ing spree spearheaded by Spizer & Co. Lakes great Pam Moran and her team of Di Roberts, Anne Barling and Shirley Jensen, who were unbeaten at Echuca, emerged from a titanic battle with Clayton’s Paula Wood, Evelyn Martin, Rex Prosser and Marilyn White with a three shot win, while the best-perfor med rink of the tourna- ment Chris Kool, Margaret Brandhoj, Lena Rosati and Kristy Gillingham powered to a 16-shot victory over Clayton’s Joyce Lindores, Bill Turner, Lorraine Burke and Jackie Maskell. Ironically, Kool and Moran were the only two un- beaten skippers over the championship’s two days with Kool finishing 63 shots-up and Moran on fifty. In the morning semi finals Lakes Entrance was far too accomplished for the Cobram team winning by 31 shots, with Moran up by 25, while Clayton came out of a br uising contest with the talented Golden Square side three shots ahead. “ Th is is a dream ending for us,” said Clayton coach Joyce Lindores after the final, “and a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our group. “Right from the start of the season we made the commitment to train together twice a week and practiced all the team things that set successful sides apart. “ I realise that we have some high profile bowlers in our team, but I am so proud of our so-called ‘ lesser lights’, such as Jan Loyd, Marilyn White and Anne Pellas who really stepped up in these finals.” Lindores, who flew to Adelaide the following morning to skip a Victorian rink in the Australian Sides Championship at Holdfast Bay, was circum- spect about her own rink’s loss in the final. “ We don’t dwell on individual perfor mance at Clayton, it’s all about the team, but I congratu- late Chris Kool and her girls on a fine win. The outplayed us in every department and thoroughly deserved their victory. “ However, we’re thrilled that Clayton went through the season undefeated, but we also accept there is still plenty of room for improvement.” After a gr uelling day of three vir tually non-stop qualifying rounds under threatening skies, four teams emerged as contenders for title. Clayton, the metropolitan winners, after prevail- ing in an nail-biting Round 3 thriller with Sheppar- ton Park were one of two unbeaten qualifiers along with Lakes Entrance. Pennant Crown For Dream Team • Top: Championship winners Clayton with vice president Gillian Jolly and the coveted VLBA Perpetual Trophy. • Above: Clayton’s Jan Loyd was an outstanding contributor to her side’s victory. • Left: Best performed skipper over the two days was Chris Kool from Lakes Entrance.
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