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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
24 Bowls In Focus Yes folks, but there’s nothing about a future test skipper, diamond studded S-bend or a dented Aston Martin to be read in this yarn. Last month at the Berwick Bowls Club, great mates Joan Tennent and Dawn Staggard from Lara powered to their club’s first-ever Victorian senior title when they combined to capture the VLBA State Pairs championship. Previously Lara’s prime bowls newsmaker was talented youngster Sam Shannahan who won succes- sive state junior singles titles in 2006 and 2007. In the final Tennent and Staggard defeated the seasoned Horsham City combination of Elsie Bardell and Betty Cozens 16-10 in a relatively one-sided affair after the Lara duo had raced to an 11-0 lead from just six ends. It was superb team bowls by the Geelong association champions, with Staggard’s display in the lead position being close to flawless, while Tennent added the vital finishing touches. Earlier in the day the Lara ladies eliminated 2007 champions Jude Bartel and Margaret Bates from Kiewa Valley in a semi final. But they did have a few anxious moments, after leading 13-4 with five ends to play, when Bartel and Bates col- lected two threes and a two to loom just one shot in arrears. However, a well-crafted four followed by a single was sufficient to see the Lara side progress to their first-ever state final. In the concurrent semi final Bardell and Cozens proved too consistent for for mer dual winners Denese Brick and Gail Nadelman from Glen Eira McKinnon. The Horsham City pair lead 8-1 after six and 12-6 after 12 in the 18-end shootout, but the 2002 and 2006 champions launched a late rally which saw them add a double and a triple to sit just four behind. On the 15th end the for mer win- ners had a serious opportunity to gain another final start when holding five close counters before Denese made an uncustomary clanger by knocking an opposition bowl in for second shot. It effectively curtailed their campaign as the country pair steadied to claim a 17-12 victory. On day one Brick and Nadelman won their opening round against Chirnside Park youngsters Michelle Wilson and Karen Morgan, then followed up with a controlled victory over Mary Tragardh and Jody Nevill from Alphington to be in the final four. In contrast, Bardell and Cozens were forced to dig deep in both first day starts, coming from a three-shot deficit against Yarraville Footscray’s Edith Grinham and Frances Hall to win, then an 11-13 scoreline in their encounter with Orbost’s Grace Pat- erson and Robyn Kellow before they prevailed 18-14. Bartel and Bates were in great form on the first day, disposing of Gunbower’s Jan Morton and Cara Baker in the morning round. In a five- end burst they moved from 3-6 down to a galloping 18-6 lead, and they replicated the heavy scoring spree against Trish O’Shea and Dawn Goldsack from Ashburton when they led 17-1 after eleven in the afternoon quarter final. Similarly, Tennent and Staggard opened with a fine win over the seasoned Balnarring combination of Betty Bradshaw and Nor ma Coutts, which they annexed in a polished victory against Moama’s Sandra Con- nolly and Marilyn Stephenson. At the corresponding time on the following day, after a great exhibition of pairs play they hoisted Lara into the headlines again, but for all the right reasons. - David Allen Victorian Pairs Championship at Berwick Bowls Club Round of 16: Orbost (G Paterson, R Kellow) d Seymour (J Cassidy, L Foots) 22-14, Horsham City (E Bardell, B Cozens) d Yarraville Footscray (E Grinham, F Hall) 23-14, Glen Eira McKinnon (D Brick, G Nadelman) d Chirnside Park (M Wilson, K Morgan) 14-12, Alphington (M Tragardh, J Nevill) d Dandenong Club (D Birkett, A Street) 26-8, Moama (S Connolly, M Stephenson) d Grangebur n (R Thomassen, B Povey) 20-14, Lara (J Tennent, D Staggard) d Balnarring (B Bradshaw, N Coutts) 22-18, Kiewa Valley (J Bartel, M Bates) d Gunbower (J Morton, C Baker) 21-12, Ashburton (P O’Shea, D Goldsack) d Dunolly (L Parker, M Davies) 26-14 . Quarter finals: Horsham City d Orbost 18-14, Glen Eira McKin- non d Alphington 20-15, Lara d Moama 22-15, Kiewa Valley d Ashbur ton 20-10. Semi finals: Lara d Kiewa Valley 18-12, Horsham City d Glen Eira McKinnon 17-12. Final: Joan Tennent and Dawn Staggard (Lara) d Elsie Bardell and Betty Cozens (Horsham City) 16-10 . • Top: State president Maureen Connolly presents the Jean Bibby Perpetual Shield to winners Joan Tennent and Dawn Staggard. • Above: Elsie Bardell from Horsham City during the main event. • Left: Lara skipper Joan Tennent on the forehand in the final. Lara’s In The News!
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