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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
Bowls In Focus 5 the threatening skies could interfere. After two humbling losses, the Tasmanian men gave a better account of themselves to go down by just two shots, however debutante skip- per Brett Dodd and his side of Adam Galloway, Geelong West’s Nathan Bush and Barrie Lester from Moonee Ponds claimed a fine nine-shot win to ensure the French Holbrook Shield returned to Melbourne. On the adjoining green, in one of the most amazing results ever, the women’s rink of skipper Gayle Edwards, Rebecca McMahon from Colac City, centenarian Robyn Thomassen and Glenroy’s Nicole Shortis dished out a 38-3 thumping to their Tasmanian opponents. And although they were the state’s only winning rink of the rubber, the overall 12-shot test victory was sufficient to bring the prized VLBA Perpetual Trophy back home. The successful Tasmanian campaign came to a close on day three after the men had completed a further two dead rubbers and the women showed decidedly more sense to desist in the soggy condi- tions. At the presentations Wayne Roberts was named as ‘Player of the Series’ for the men’s team, while Carla Odgers was a happy recipient of the women’s equivalent. Our boys team of Winston Brackley from Drysdale, Dylan Fisher, Clayton’s Liam Garlick- Adams, Dane McKinnon from Werribee RSL and Lalor’s Chris Watt, emerged victorious in the third test to clinch the series, with most good judges suggesting McKinnon was the stand-out player. Likewise the girls team of Donvale’s Julia de Marchi, Stephanie Priest from Bendigo, Sunbury’s Chloe Stewart, Victoria Troster from Mt Waverley and outstanding debutante Kylie Whitehead from Wodonga were far too accomplished for their Tas- manian rivals, with young Troster being undefeated as a skipper in the triples and fours. And when the Victorian entourage’s flight finally arrived in Melbourne and a sea of distinctive navy and white state outfits converged around the lug- gage carousel, the exhilaration of their stunning performance was hard to ignore amongst the throng. - David Allen • Above: Victorian junior players and officials after their clean sweep of the Apple Islanders. • Below: Women’s 100-game badge recipients Robyn Thomassen and Gayle Edwards flank state coach Audrey Hele. Victoria v Tasmania Test Series at North Launceston Bowls Club French Holbrook Shield (Men): First Test: Vic d Tas 68-50 (M Flapper 29 M Strochnetter 13, B Dodd 22 M Nitz 23, W Roberts 17 D Minns 14). Second Test: Vic d Tas 92-54 (B Dodd 27 M Strochnetter 25, W Roberts 31 M Nitz 9, M Flapper 34 D Minns 20). Third Test: Vic d Tas 59-57 (W Roberts 26 M Strochnetter 16, M Flapper 9 M Nitz 26, B Dodd 24 D Minns 15). Fourth Test: Vic d Tas 78-39 (W Roberts 35 D Minns 8, M Flapper 28 M Strochnetter16, B Dodd 15 M Nitz 15). Fifth Test: Vic lost to Tas 56-61 (B Dodd 21 M Strochnetter 19, W Roberts 13 M Nitz 24, M Flapper 22 R McMullen 18). Victoria won series 4-1 VLBA Perpetual Trophy (Women): First Test: Vic d Tas 55-50 (P Wood 20 M Woodiwiss 16, J Lindores 13 N Smith 21, G Edwards 22 R Quail 13). Second Test: Vic d Tas 83-52 (J Lindores 29 RQuail14,PWood29NSmith15,G Edwards 25 M Woodiwiss 23). Third Test: Vic d Tas 68-56 (G Edwards 38 N Smith 3, J Lindores 13 M Woodiwiss 20, P Wood 17 R Quail 26). Fourth Test: Vic lost to Tas 49-54 (P Wood 20 M Woodiwiss 16, J Lindores 13 N Smith 20, G Edwards 16 R Quail 18). Fifth Test: Abandoned due to inclement weather. Victoria won series 3-1 Stuart Jackman Shield (Under-18 Boys): First Test: Vic 4 drew Tas 4 Singles: Vic (D McKinnon) d Tas (P Bannister) 25-20; Fours: Vic (D Fisher, C Watt, W Brackley, L Garlick-Adams) lost to Tas (B Baker, A Whitmore, D Gamble, M. Sims) 12-18; Pairs: Vic (D Fisher, W Brackley) lost to Tas (P Banister, B Baker) 13-20; Triples: Vic (D McKinnon, C Watt, L Garlick-Adams) d Tas (A Whitmore, D Gamble, M Sims) 33-2. Second Test: Vic 4 drew Tas 4 Singles: Vic d Tas 25-11; Fours: Vic lost to Tas 15-22; Pairs: Vic d Tas 25-6; Triples: Vic lost to Tas 15-20. Third Test: Vic 5 d Tas 3 Singles: Vic d Tas 25-24; Fours: Vic d Tas 18-16; Pairs: Vic lost to Tas 8-18; Triples: Vic drew Tas 18-18. Victoria won series 13-11 Bev Shannahan Shield (Under-18 Girls): First Test: Vic 4 drew Tas 4 Singles: Vic (C Stewar t) lost to Tas (M Baker) 20-25; Fours: Vic (V Troster, S Priest, J De Marchi, K Whitehead) d Tas (K Daly, C Hooper, A Jones, C Lindsay) 32-7; Pairs: Vic (C Stewart, J De Marchi) lost to Tas (M Baker, C Hooper) 19-21; Triples: Vic (V Troster, S Priest, K Whitehead) d Tas (K Daly, A Jones, C Lindsay) 18-7. Second Test: Vic 8 d Tas 0 Singles: Vic d Tas 25-22; Fours: Vic d Tas 50-10; Pairs: Vic d Tas 22-16; Triples: Vic d Tas 22-16. Third Test: Vic 8 d Tas 0 Singles: Vic d Tas 25-14; Fours: Vic d Tas 33-13; Pairs: Vic d Tas 24-5; Triples: Vic d Tas 16-10. Victoria won series 20-4