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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 17 ... It was one series apiece when the shutters came down on last month’s Victoria versus South Australia Test Series at the Moama Bowling Club. After three torrid days of competition in the blazing sun, Victoria’s men claimed their series 3-2 to take the prized Loy Carroll Trophy back to Bowlers House, while the legendary Mulga Cup for the women’s competition will occupy a prized position in the offices of Bowls SA for another twelve months after the Croweaters prevailed 3-2 . Regardless of the ‘dead rubber’ theory, Victorian officials would not have been deliriously happy about the two losses inflicted on the men’s team on the final day, considering the side had clinched the series 3-0 after three rubbers. However, the women’s side would by buoyed by its cracking 49-shot win over the SA combination in the fifth test. Despite its fourth test loss on the morning of day three, which ensured an SA victory in the series, the Victorians actually amassed more shots for the series than the confident South Australians and will rue the previous morning’s loss, after looking so promising in the early stages, as a missed opportunity. Congratulations to Essendon’s Anna King who made her 100th appearance for the state in the fourth test and became the third Victorian lady to receive a Bowls Victoria milestone badge this season. In the men’s series Victoria’s rink of Yarraville Foot- scray’s Wayne Roberts, Lee Schraner from Brighton, Bundoora RSL’s Nick McIntyre and Essendon’s Peter Loe was again the best-performed, while Gayle Edwards from Keilor, Colac City’s Rebecca McMahon, Robyn Thomassen from Grangeburn and Glenroy’s Nicole Shortis topped the scoring in the women’s competition. Victoria’s interstate campaign for 2011 got off to a promising start on day one when both teams chalked up victories against the classy Croweaters. In the first rubber for the coveted Loy Carroll Trophy the men scraped in for a two-shot win with two rinks-up after a tough no-holds-barred contest. The top Victorian rink was skipper Mark Jacobsen from Moonee Ponds, Bundoora RSL’s Adam Galloway, Nathan Bush from Geelong West and Richmond Union’s Neville Rodda - making his state debut - who collected a 14-shot win. Our women’s side, who were seeking to reclaim the legendary Mulga Cup, having been denied for the past two years, overpowered their South Australian counterparts to claim victory by 24 shots from two winning rinks also. In a brilliant display the combination of Edwards, McMahon, Thomassen and Shortis dished out a 27-shot thumping to their SA opponents. Local star Sandra Connolly who also made her state debut on the day playing second in Victoria’s other winning side of skipper Joyce Lindores from Clayton, Lara’s Sam Shannahan and Kellie Bowles from Warrnambool, contributed strongly to the team’s fighting five-shot win. It was a combination of ecstasy and agony for Victoria’s teams on the second day. The men, who only scraped in by two in the opening rubber, came out firing in the morning’s second test to notch a 43-shot victory over the Croweaters, then an- nexed it with a too-close-for-comfort, yet well-deserved five-shot win in the afternoon’s third match. Best performed was the combination of skipper Matt Flapper from Essendon, Altona teammates Paul Dorgan and Brenton Coad, along with Brad Holland from Bendigo East, who were the only rink to win both of their starts on the day. However, in a complete reversal of form, the women’s team lost both of its day two engagements and needed to win both third day rubbers to bring the legendary Mulga Cup back to Victoria. A heavy loss in the fourth test scuttled that dream, but a strong win in the final outing from the newly constructed rink of skipper Paula Wood from Clayton, Keilor’s Brooke Edwards, Anna King from Essendon and Sunbury’s Carla Odgers was a pleasing factor in the side’s 49-shot victory. - David Allen Victoria v South Australia Test Series at Moama Bowling Club Loy Carroll Trophy (Men): First Test: Vic d SA 59-57 (M Flapper 11 S Thulborn 35, M Jacobsen 26 W Ruediger 12, W Roberts 22 A Klose 10). Second Test: Vic d SA 84-41 (M Jacobsen 28 A Klose 10, W Roberts 34 S Thulborn 17, M Flapper 22 W Ruediger 14). Third Test: Vic d SA 59-54 (W Roberts 20 W Ruediger 21, M Flapper 23 A Klose 11, M Jacobsen 16 S Thulborn 22). Fourth Test: Vic lost to SA 46-78 (M Jacobsen 15 W Ruediger 33, W Roberts 16 A Klose 12, M Flapper 15 S Thulborn 33). Fifth Test: Vic lost to SA 56-66 (M Flapper 22 A Klose 17, M Jacobsen 18 S Thulborn 25, W Roberts 16 W Ruediger 24). Victoria won series 3-2 Mulga Cup (Women): First Test: Vic d SA 68-44 (J Lindores 18 K Treloar 13, G Edwards 34 J Hill 7, P Wood 16 P Landherr 24). Second Test: Vic lost to SA 43-63 (P Wood 13 J Hill 22, J Lindores 17 P Landherr 18, G Edwards 13 K Treloar 23). Third Test: Vic lost to SA 47-60 (G Edwards 19 P Landherr 12, P Wood 14 K Treloar 24, J Lindores 14 J Hill 24). Fourth Test: Vic lost to SA 49-75 (G Edwards 23 J Hill 23, P Wood 18 P Landherr 23, J Lindores 8 K Treloar 29). Fifth Test: Vic d SA 86-37 (J Lindores 27 P Landherr 12, P Wood 27 J Hill 17, G Edwards 32 K Treloar 8). SA won series 3-2 • Top: Victoria’s men retained the Loy Carroll Trophy at Moama. • Above: Side manager Bernice Helle congratulates Essendon’s Anna King on her 100th state representation. • Below: The Victorian women were unable to reclaim the Mulga Cup from SA. Victoria’s Ecstasy and Agony
March April 2011