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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 21 topsy-turvy day finishing with two wins but only one shot-up courtesy of a heavy first round loss. Similarly, inaugural winners Bendigo were most competitive but failed to win a rubber, returning three closely-fought losses. However, in an emphatic display of team bowls the Western Warriors side claimed the prestigious Flapper Family Shield when they came through the sectional rounds unbeaten and prevailed in the final. At the conclusion of sectional play the Warriors, with current junior state representatives Bryce Young, Dane McKinnon and Chris Watt skipping their three rinks, were an astounding 106-shots-up in winning Section 1. The Ballarat Gold Diggers, who won consecutive championships in 2008 and 2009, topped Section 2, unbeaten on +42 despite a close shave against arch-rivals Bendigo Dragons in round three. However, despite the gulf between the sides in the aggregates, scores in the final were tied at 18-18 with just a few minutes to go in the 45-minute dash-to-glory. This was where the big match experience of Young, McKinnon and Watt kicked in as they plundered the valiant ‘Diggers’ to the tune of 11-shots in the closing stanza to emerge as comfor table winners. Young Watt finished the day as one of two skip- pers to claim four wins, with richly-skilled Lachlan Wood from the Gold Diggers being the other. And when Gerry Flapper, matriarch of the Flapper bowls dynasty, presented his family shield to the Warriors side it signified a unique achieve- ment for Dane McKinnon, the reigning state junior singles champion. He was also a member of the Metro West Group 9 senior team that clinched the Group Sides Championship at Corowa a for tnight earlier. Young McKinnon was glowing in praise for the four girls in the Warriors troupe, the most of any competing side, adding that all will become stand- out players as their careers blossom. Praise must also be heaped on the Daylesford club for its generosity in presenting a fantastic venue for the competition and providing lunch for players, officials and guests free of charge. State president Graeme Hosken, who rates this day as one of the most enjoyable on his calendar, was moved to happily reflect that the future of bowls in Victoria is in very good shape indeed. - David Allen Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 www.bendigobowlsshop.com.au WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS ONLINE NOW! Save time and Money Now in the comfort of your own home, Bendigo Jack High Bowls Shop invites you to browse through the extensive range of bowls, lawn bowling equipment and apparel Order Online Country VICTORIA’S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Victorian Junior Provincial Championship at Daylesford Bowls Club Section 1: Rd.1: Western Warriors d Geelong Giants 49-28 (B Young 18 M Jeffs 4, D McKinnon 8 W Collihole 13, C Watt 23 W Brackley 11); Bayside Peninsula d Central Explorers 45-15 (L Turnbull 20 D Coates 3, M Arnold 16 R Davies 4, B Cuthbertson 9 G Woodward 8). Rd.2: Geelong Giants d Bayside Peninsula 41-22 (M Jeffs 8 L Turnbull 9, W Collihole 14 M Arnold 6, W Brack- ley 19 B Cuthbertson 7): Western Warriors d Central Explorers 70-20 (B Young 19 D Coates 4, D McKinnon 28 R Davies 9, C Watt 23 G Woodward 7). Rd.3: Geelong Giants d Central Explorers 33-30 (M Jeffs 5 D Coates 11, W Collihole 12 R Davies 13, W Brackley 16 G Woodward 6); Western Warriors d Bay- side Peninsula 50-15 (B Young 23 L Turnbull 3, D McKin- non 16 M Arnold 6, C Watt 11 B Cuthbertson 6). Section winner: Western Warriors 3 wins +106 shots Section 2: Rd.1: Northern Flyers d Bendigo Dragons 43-30 (R Bevis 19 D Taig 10, P Long 8 J Robertson 9, B Hicks 16 J Oliver 11); Ballarat Gold Diggers d Central Highlands Rangers 43-21 (L Wood 15 B Fearn 8, T Dickson-Arthur 10 J Murphy 8, T Stewart 18 N Bell 5). Rd.2: Ballarat Gold Diggers d Northern Flyers 44-27 (L Wood 17 R Bevis 8, T Dickson-Arthur 12 P Long 7, T Stewart 15 B Hicks 12); Central Highlands Rangers d Bendigo Dragons 42-38 (B Fearn 17 D Taig 8, J Murphy 16 J Robertson 10, N Bell 9 J Oliver 20). Rd.3: Northern Flyers d Central Highlands Rangers 58-26 (R Bevis 13 B Fearn 12, P Long 13 J Murphy 11, B Hicks 32 N Bell 3); Ballarat Gold Diggers d Bendigo Dragons 37-34 (L Wood 20 D Taig 9, T Dickson-Arthur 4 J Robertson 13, T Stewart 13 J Oliver 12). Section winner: Ballarat Gold Diggers 3 wins +42 shots The Championship Final Western Warriors d Ballarat Gold Diggers 29-18 Rink 1: WW – Bryce Young (Werribee RSL), Bernard Kelly (Maribyrnong Park), Sarah Kelly (Maribyrnong Park) lost to BGD – Lachlan Wood (Ballarat), Mark Snell (Victoria), Dominic Baratto (Avenue) 6-9 . Rink 2: WW – Dane McKinnon (Werribee RSL), Jay Bye-Norris (Rosamond), Abbey Kelly (Maribyrnong Park) defeated BGD – Tanner Dickson-Arthur (Av- enue), Brad Sargent (Avenue), Jayke Clarke (Ballarat Memorial Sports) 10-4 . Rink 3: WW – Chris Watt (Lalor), Chloe Bradley (New- port), Matthew Young (Werribee RSL) defeated BGD – Taylor Stewart (Ballarat), Carl Landers (Ballarat Memorial Sports), Jacob Croft (Midlands Golf) 13-5 . • Above: Patron Gerry Flapper and president Graeme Hosken flank winning coach Terry Norris. • Right: Werribee RSL’s Dane McKinnon achieved a unique double at Daylesford.
March April 2011