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Bowls In Focus : December 2010
4 Bowls In Focus Lara’s Silver Lara’s Silver In Nationals return & Victorians performed brilliantly when the Austra- lian Champion of Champions returned to the national calendar at Nor th Launceston last month and paved the possibility for one of the sport’s fairytale scenarios to play out. Having been in hiatus since 2004, the reincarna- tion of the time-honoured event has created the op- portunity for a club champion to progress through the state and national ranks and be crowned the world’s best. And after three challenging days of competi- tion, Victoria’s Grant Seeary and Riina Bradbrook from South Australia, earned the right to pull on the green and gold at the 2011 World Champion of Champions in Hong Kong, and if successful, claim the ultimate reward for any bowler who steps on the mat. In recent years, the World Champion of Cham- pions has been a happy hunting ground for Austra- lians, with internationals Leif Selby, Brett Wilkie and Kelsey Cottrell all saluting on the global stage, with another chapter to be written this month when Aus- tralian Open singles champions Aron Sherriff from NSW and our own Joyce Lindores from Clayton take to the greens on Norfolk Island. A pairs championship, featuring representatives from every state and territory, was also held over the three-day nationals. And Victoria was again to the fore when reigning state titleholders Joan Ten- nent and Dawn Staggard from Lara powered their way into the main event, but had to be content with a well-deserved silver medal. Seeary, the 45-year-old Stawell slaughterman who plays at Ararat’s Chalambar club, carved his way into the history books when he outgunned Aaron Appleby from Kurri Kurri, NSW in the final. After a tense drawn first set, Seeary’s mastery of the draw game saw him pull away from the Hunter Valley champion in the second to capture the national title. • Below: Champions all: Nationals medalists Riina Bradbrook, Bev Scott, Dawn Staggard, Joan Tennent, Robyn Tyson, Tracy Foster, Grant Seeary, Aaron Appleby, Gary Thompson, John Thompson, Ryan Freedman and Dave Billington. • Left: Lara’s Joan Tennent goes on the forehand in the national final. • Above: Evergreen Mario Cipolla from Bundoora RSL in action at North Launceston.