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Bowls In Focus : August September 2010
Bowls In Focus 39 Astar-studded composite team led by former Australian representative and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Barrie Lester has taken out the inaugural Henselite and Dales Australia Six-A-Side Superleague indoor competition at Brighton Bowling Club. In fact the team who called themselves the ‘Bayside Warchildren’ demolished most of the field to lead the event from start to finish. A final Round 7 blemish against a resurgent Brighton ‘Blue’ side was not enough to cost the combination the championship. The side comprising Brendan McCallum (singles), Barrie Lester and Brad Willoughby (pairs) along with the trio of Peter Gawthorne, Carla Odgers and Steve Farrelly (triples) proved a class outfit, relying on their skill and expertise to master the new Brighton indoor surface. “It is great to win the first Brighton Superleague,” Lester explained on receiving the trophy and $3000 winner’s purse on behalf of the team. “The organisation and facilities are a credit to Brigh- ton and I’m looking forward to the next one. “I think it’s terrific to be able to play top class compe- tition during the colder months. “Being able to play against quality opposition on the Brighton carpets over the past couple of month has certainly been a benefit to me.” Lester was alluding to his success in the Australian qualifying for the Professional Bowlers Association which saw him win through to be Australia’s represen- tative at the 2011 World Indoor Bowls Championships in England. Brighton Blue came a gallant second on five wins after dropping the first two games of the season. Their team of David Shaw (singles), Geoff Maskell and Jackie Maskell (pairs), along with Lee Schraner, Joyce Lindores and Terry Cashmore (triples) were shock slow starters, but once in form, they proved hard to beat. Brighton ‘Green’ came from last on the ladder with four rounds remaining to sneak into third place on four wins (14 rubbers). Their line-up was Wayne Gale (singles), Rick Nowlan and Ken Armstrong (pairs), Jack Lawton, Michael Tomaszewski and Doug Finlayson (triples). A representative Southern Indoor side rounded out the top four prizewinners, despite a devastating last round loss to seventh placed Cheltenham. A win would have seen the SIBC side claim second place. They finished on 4 wins (13 rubbers) and comprised Gra- ham Spencer (singles), Mark Stoney and Terry Silberer (pairs) along with Tom Harber, Harley Harber and Chris Hannaford (triples). Next year’s competition will start in mid-June with two fills of eight teams welcome - one for Thursday evening and one for Friday evening. Those interested in entering the competition should contact Lee Schraner at the club. - Les Christie Warchildren Reign Supreme • Winning Warchildren Carla Odgers, Steve Farrelly, Barrie Lester, Peter Gawthorne and Brad Willoughby. Wisterias Into Victory Lane Nola Curry, Jan Hurst and Hazel Wade (triples); and Sharon Whana, Judy Stainton, Kath Usher and Lanni Pham (fours). Competing clubs were Ashburton ‘Ashy Dashers’, Blackburn ‘Eagles’, Clayton ‘Wisterias’, Cranbourne ‘Crystals’, Geelong Cement ‘Bluebirds’, Glen Eira McKinnon ‘Gems’, Glenroy ‘Glens’, Mooroolbark ‘Barkers’, Shepparton Park ‘Parkers’ and the Werribee RSL ‘Bees’. - David Allen Fay Dunn Cup ‘Local Stars Challenge’ at Southern Indoor Bowls Club 1st Clayton 23 points +88 shots, 2 nd Glenroy 23 +42, 3 rd Werribee RSL 21 +53, 4th Blackburn 20 +38, 5th Ashburton 19 +12, 6th Cranbourne 16 - 6 3, 7th Shepparton Park 14 -18, 8th Geelong Cement 14 -29, 9 th Glen Eira McKinnon 10 +25, 10th Mooroolbark 7 -70. Individual awards: Singles: Nicole Shortis (Glenroy) 8 points +29 shots; Pairs: Jennifer Salmon and Judy Davey (Glenroy) 7 +12; Triples: Lyn Milledge, Joan Beavis and Marg Allen (Werribee RSL) 8 +34; Fours: Dawn Goldsack, Pam Brown, Adelaide Toward and Liz Kortum (Ashburton) 6 +12.
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