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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
Bowls In Focus 21 Earlier on day two both finalists emerged from tough matches to claim their berths in the main event. Maple trailed 2-12 against Yarrawon- ga & Border Golf ’s Joy Johnson after 10-ends, similar to her 10-shot deficit in the previous day’s match against Stacey Collier. However, nine ends later she only trailed Johnson by one at 14-15, while at the 28th end she was 20-24 down. But showing the fighting spirit that endeared her to spectators over the two days, Maple scored two counts of two and a single to secure a great win. Further up the green Hoogwerf, who has represented Victoria on 91 occasions, bounced out of the blocks in her match against state coach Au- drey Hele from Glen Waverley. After five ends she lead 11-0, however, from that point onwards, Anna had to fight tooth and nail for every point she gained. And when Hoogwerf held the ascendancy at 21-10 after 22-ends, the catering folk started to lay out lunch, but would have to wait another 45 minutes while Hele staged a crowd-pleasing comeback which saw her win five of the next seven ends. Eventually Anna claimed the vital winning single on the 29th end. Hoogwerf had two comfortable wins at the picturesque Berwick com- plex on day one, defeating Rainbow’s Wendy Sleep and Inglewood’s Shirley Sloan in her progression to the semi finals. Likewise, Hele was in seductive form as she chalked up identical 25- 17 scorelines at the expense of Colac Central’s Nola Gray and Somer ville’s Natalie Parkinson to gain entry into the second day’s final four. Johnson, the rangy Border Golf skip came from behind to claim vic- tory in both of her matches on the first day, winning 25-19 over Burden Park’s Helen Alexander after trailing 13-16, then clinching her ber th in the semi finals by defeating Elster nwick Park’s Sue Lane 25-23, after being 21-23 down. Maple collected the scalp of state player Brooke Edwards from Keilor in the opening round then added the name of Stacey Collier from Mooroo- pna to her list of victims. At one stage in the quarter finals Collier, a for mer World Under-25 singles champion, lead Maple 10-0 and looked set for a start in the semi finals. However, the resilient Maple fought her way back into the match, eventually overhauled Collier, and forged ahead to claim an 11-shot win. Hoogwerf and Collier, who were teammates in an Australian Under-25 side against Scotland in 2002, started their campaigns in a blaze of glory on day one, with Hoogwerf taking just 17 ends to eliminated Sleep 25-5, while Collier clinched her 25-8 first round win over Bruthen’s Heather Cor nwall in 15. But the standout perfor mance of the first mor ning came from Sue Lane, who defeated hot favourite Robyn Thomassen from Grangebur n 25-13, after trailing 10-11 at the 14- end mark. - David Allen Victorian Champion of Champions at Berwick Bowls Club Round of 16: A Hoogwerf (Essendon) d W Sleep (Rainbow) 25-5, S Sloan (Inglewood) d N Gerty (Richmond Union) 25-22, A Hele (Glen Waverley) d N Gray (Colac Central) 25-17, N Parkinson (Somerville) d C Wise (Kerang Golf) 25-15, S Collier (Mooroopna) d H Cornwall (Bruthen) 25-8, L Maple (Central Wendouree) d B Edwards (Keilor) 25-15, S Lane (Elster nwick Park) d R Thomassen (Grangebur n) 25-13, J Johnson (Yarrawonga & Border Golf) d H Alexander (Burden Park) 25-19 . Quarter finals: Hoogwerf d Sloan 25-13, Hele d Parkinson 25-17, Maple d Collier 25-14, Johnson d Lane 25-23 . Semi finals: Maple d Johnson 25- 24, Hoogwerf d Hele 25-18 . Final: Anna Hoogwerf (Essendon) d Lyn Maple (Central Wendouree) 25-23 . • Above: Glen Waverley great Audrey Hele in action during the semi finals. • Right: Joy Johnson from Yarra- wonga & Border Golf showed plenty of class to reach the final four. Anna’s Second Title Triumph
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