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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
12 Bowls In Focus Barbara’s Dream Finish So close yet so far - this was the case for Glen Eira McKinnon’s Gail Nadelman when Barbara Withers from Lalor snatched the Victorian Women’s Over-60 Singles title from her with the last bowl of the day at Sebastopol last month. Not quite true, Barbara’s last bowl was sitting on the mat when she shook Gail’s hand. It was smiles all round though, which meant a gracious winner and an equally gracious loser on the day. But then these two have been contesting this exacting game for some time now and being ‘pipped’ is all part of the sport, it seems. After the dust settled and everyone sat down to afternoon tea - some enjoying something a little stronger - Gail commented that she has enjoyed over 40 years on the green – she started in South Africa at 21 – while Barbara put her first bowl down in 1980. But they had one thing in common, their mothers introduced them to the game and it could be said that in the case of Barbara, her mother Joan Maffei currently overshadows her at 95 and is still a legend on the Reservoir green. It had been a long day for Gail who was taken to the wire by Edna Anderson from Warracknabeal Golf in the semi finals, just holding off a superb technician of the game by two shots after 15 ends. After the 19th end the score was 17- all before she sneaked a single on the 20th, but a three on the 21st swung it Edna’s way. However three singles over the next three ends gave it to Gail 21-20. Barbara had an easier passage against the 2009 win- ner Joy Thomson from Karingal and came home 21-6. But the former champ was not drowning her sorrows. “I’m only glad to have my health,” she said explain- ing that she had spent last season on the sidelines. A tight tussle was always on the cards for the final as two great skips stood on the green in a singles head Need a hand at home? Make life a little easier with Benetas@home Many of us find it a struggle to keep up with the activities of daily living. Benetas@home can help. We suppor t hu ndreds of older Vict ori ans so they can enjoy an i ndependent lifestyle i n the comfor t of thei r own homes. Ou r team of friendly, caring and qualified st aff provide a wide range of serv ices including personal care, assistance with domest ic chores, ru nni ng errands and transpo rt to appointment s. We al so prov ide care at home so carers can t ake a break. You can recei ve a si ngl e serv ice or any combination of ser vi ces on a one – off or ongoi ng basi s. Serv ices are provided when and where you need them — available �� hours a day, � days a week. For more information about Benetas@home call 1300 23 63 82 or visit www.benetas.com.au Benetas — the heart of aged care in Victoria BAYSIDE JACK HIGH BOWLS 739 Centre Road Bentleigh East, 3165 PH / FAX 9579 4440 www.baysidejackhighbowls.com.au For all Your New Year Bowling requirements • Club Clothing • Accessories • Lawn bowls • Good ser vice and Advice • Left: Lalor star Barbara Withers in action during the final.