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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
12 Bowls In Focus Despite a hiccup or two on the way through, the seasoned Clayton combination of Joyce Lindores, Mary-Anne Spizer and Lorraine Burke proved too accomplished for all comers when they claimed the Victorian Women’s Triples Champion- ship at Yarraville Footscray Bowls Club last month. They defeated the composite trio of Marysville’s Jenny Tirant, Noelene Gerty from Richmond Union and Marysville’s Janice Dunston in the final to lift the prestigious Margaret Radford Trophy and cham- pion’s gold medals, while the $2550 winner’s purse would have been most gratefully accepted. After dropping a single on the first of the final’s 18-ends, Lindores, Spizer and Burke raced to 17-4 after nine more had been registered. From there, despite some brave rearguard action from Tirant, Ger ty and Dunston, they literally cruised to victory. However, their semi final match to gain entry into the main event was anything but a cruise. In fact, after dropping an untimely five on the 14th end against Dimboola’s Bev Gazelle, Lorraine Ross and Pam Budde, the Clayton side looked down and out at 12-18 one rotation later. But, for reasons known only to the gods of the game, the Dimboola trio followed up with their two most untidy ends of the championship, which allowed the Clayton ladies to pounce and collect counts of six and three to be 21-18 up going into the last. At the time Dimboola was under serious threat of rising flood waters and Gazelle, Ross – who was an absolute star - and Budde displayed the pluck that would serve them well over the ensuing days when they claimed a count of two on the last end to fall short by a single shot. In the corresponding semi final the composite side always held sway over Ocean Grove’s Pat Virtue, Fay Richardson and Marie Hughes to run out comfortable six-shot winners. After scoring a comfortable opening round win over Glenroy’s Nicole Shortis, Shellie Hereora and Moira Rayner, the Clayton side had a few uncomfortable moments in their quar ter final match against Yarrawonga & Border Golf’s Anne Miles, Kay Smith and Claire Sanders. Leading 13-5 after 11, they surrendered eight shots over the next four ends to be level with three to play. However, a 3-1 finishing swoop saw them progress to the following day’s semi finals. The Dimboola side had a close finish on the first day as well when they scraped home by two against Margaret Kerr, Janice Grey and Mandy McInnes from Murray Downs in round one, but powered into the final four cour tesy of a 14-2 open- ing six-end burst against Rosebud Country Club’s Joy Peck, Jean Bell and Mary McMullen in the quarter finals. Two scoring streaks set up Ocean Grove’s pro- motion to the semi finals. Holding a slim one-shot lead with three to play against Portland’s Kerrie Alexander, Shirley Rogers and Shirley Millard, they claimed seven shots on the way in, while after trailing 1-6 at the five-end mark of their quar ter final clash with Narre Warren’s Karen Murray, Micki Hor- Clayton Lifts Triples Crown 234 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne 3205 • Email: email@example.com Jetset Travel South Melbourne (03) 9696 7979 Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece FULLY ESCORTED LAWN BOWLS GROUP TOUR & CRUISE from $7995* per person twin share EXCLUSIVE TO JETSET TRAVEL SOUTH MELBOURNE • 22 days departing Melbourne 21st August 2011 • Fully escorted from Melbourne • Return Economy class airfares from Melbourne to Vancouver including all airport taxes • Pre-departure get together in Melbourne • Complementary transfer to Melbourne airport† • Airport and hotel transfers • Two nights post tour accommodation in Vancouver • Gratuities to your Tour Director and Tour Driver The ultimate holiday to Canada & Alaska. Travel through British Columbia & Alberta onboard the amazing Rocky Mountaineer (Redleaf and Goldleaf options available) and see Vancouver, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Sun Peaks & Whistler. Then embark on a seven night cruise to Alaska taking in the beautiful Glacier Bay, Inside Passage, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchican. Included are two lawn bowls games, in Victoria and Vancouver. *Conditions apply. Prices are based on Red Leaf Rocky Mountaineer & inside cabin category. Gold Leaf upgrade and outside cabin upgrade available: ask your Jetset Travel South Melbourne consultant for details. Prices and information are correct at time of issue and subject to availability and change at time of booking. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in charges, taxes and currency. Prices do not include taxes or charges collected directly at overseas airports or by third parties. A surcharge may be imposed on credit or charge card transactions. † Transfer available within 50kms radius of Melbourne CBD, OR 1 free night accommodation (based on twin share) at airport hotel Melbourne prior to departure day. Lic. No. 31751. • Lorraine Burke from Clayton gave her side good starts from the lead position.
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