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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
Bowls In Focus 15 when Yarraville Footscray s Judy Nardella snatched the title from Gordana Baric of Mulgrave Country Club after pursuing an eleven-zip deficit from the sixth end. Gordana, a former winner of this championship, had a brilliant run in this year's titles having skipped her side to the business end of the fours champion- ships and was up with the sparrows to contest the final sectional game before tackling the singles. While section 1 of the fours went to the popular Leitchfield side, Gordana blazed her way through to the singles semi finals, defeating Melton's Helen Mills 21-3. On the other side of the board Judy was having a tougher time of things but came from behind to win her semi final against Monbulk's Doreen Edwards 21-14. Bankers could not have asked for a better spec- tacle as this was a clash of two famous titans of the ladies game. Both have world titles under their belts, both have played representative bowls at top level and both have a reputation for never giving in. After a conservative single on the opening end Gordana picked up a two on the second but opened up the gap on the third when she sur- rounded the jack with three bowls and picked up the fourth on a measure. If there were goblins on the green they weren't helping Judy as she was playing well, the fifth end being a perfect example where she picked up the jack twice but on the second occasion took it back to Gordana's bowls. But Judy Nardella was not a former World Cup Indoor Singles Champion for nothing and where others may have melted, she simply dug in and came into the game with a single on the sixth end. She held the mat on the next two ends to pick up three but it still didn't look too promising for her. Gordana regained control of the situation again on the ninth end where both players had trouble finding the jack but she managed a single and increased her lead to 14-4 with a two on the tenth. The 11th and 12th ends saw Judy pick up an- other three shots but still it looked Gordana's game when on the next end she made two by trailing the jack to get out of trouble and go to a 16-7 lead. A single on the 14th helped Judy stay alive but that was about all as another double on the following end kept Gordana's nose in front by 10 shots. Then it happened. Judy picked up three on the 16th to come back into the hunt and achieve a goal she had mentally set herself. "I never give up but I couldn't get my touch," she said, "I thought if I got to double figures I wouldn't look so stupid." On the 17th end she tucked her first bowl behind the jack and Gordana couldn't find the answer and when she had her final bowl on the end tucked under her arm she was two down and finished the end by knocking one of Judy's bowls in to give away three shots. Now there was a glint in the blue eyes and a bounce in the step as Judy won the next four ends to come within one shot of Gordana after a series of tight heads. "Even if I lose I'd made a mighty comeback," was her reflection. Gordana won the mat back on the 21st end after breaking up a tight end to pick up a single. But her two-shot safety margin was broken on the next when again Judy tucked her first bowl behind the jack and held the advantage, eventually picking up two when she trailed the jack to her back bowl. With the score at 19-all not even the rain could dampen Judy's bounce as she was in control. At the finish of the end she had one shot for the lead and a possible second for the title. After what seemed an agonising wait the deci- sion came down in Judy's favour and the Fay Dunn Perpetual Trophy was hers. A 100-game state player, Nardella's potential talent as a bowler was originally spotted by one of the greatest Australian bowlers, Norma Massey, who invited her to join the then powerful Yarraville Seddon (now Yarraville Footscray) club, where she would eventually take over as one its senior skips. - Di Gatehouse Victorian Over-60 Singles Championship at Burden Park Bowls Club Round of 16: L Wallis (Serviceton Memorial) d L Kruse (Diamond Creek) 21-8, D Edwards (Monbulk) d B Owen (Warrnambool) 21-10, O Harris (Dandenong Club) d J Walter (Ocean Grove) 21-12, G Baric (Mulgrave CC) d T Moresi (Boort) 21-18, H Mills (Melton) d V Mortlock (Dunolly) 21-11, J Nardella (Yarraville Footscray) d P Fraser-Aurisch (Neerim District) 21-11, K Ralph (St James) d J Osborne (Mil- dura) 21-17, A McCarthy (Caulfield Park) d B Withers (Lalor) walkover. Quarter finals: Nardella d Harris 21-5, Ed- wards d McCarthy 21-18, Mills d Ralph 21-9, Baric d Wallis 21-5. Semi finals: Baric d Mills 21-3, Nardella d Edwards 21-14. Final: Judy Nardella (Yarraville Footscray) d Gordana Baric (Mulgrave Country Club) 21-19. • Above Left: The fiercely determined Nardella came from behind to snatch victory. • Above: Former champion Gordana Baric had to be content with the runner-up prize. • Left: Title winner Judy Nardella receives the Fay Dunn Champion's Trophy from the great lady herself. Classic Comeback Clinches Championship
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