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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
20 Bowls In Focus Someone once commented, unfair- ly I suggest, that working class Glenroy in Melbourne’s north could never be termed a white collar area, or even blue collar for that matter, go- ing on to say that it’s pretty much blue singlet all the way. They breed them tough out north, there’s no doubt about that, and it was that indomitable fighting spirit that saw it’s lady bowlers power to a blue ribbon finish in the Metropolitan Tuesday Pennant Division 1 grand final last month. With a devastating business-end burst, the Glenroy women’s team fulfilled its destiny when it defeated the legendary Glen Eira McKinnon ‘Gems’ by 21 shots at the Essendon Bowls Club. In a match where fortunes ebbed and flowed after the Gems jumped out to a good early lead, and held sway at the lunch adjournment, the Glenroy side played superbly to covet a five-shot lead with just eight ends of the final to be played. At this point many opposing sides, when facing the most successful ladies team of the modern era, might have been susceptible to a bout of wobbles with the likes of enduring Gems greats Denese Brick, Gail Nadelman, Jill Diamond and Fay Rubenstein bearing down on them. Many before them have. But they don’t waste opportunities out Glenroy way, so when the ‘red army’ got a whiff of victory it went on full attack. In fact, the ‘Roygirls’ - as one greenside wag labelled them all day - collected on every end over the concluding stages as they added 16 wildly enthusiastic shots to the overall total and ran out comfortable winners. This victory was sweet and went some way towards erasing the sour memory of their two-shot grand final loss to the Gems at Cranbourne two years ago; while taking the proud club’s record in Division 1 pennant to four premierships, following their suc- cesses in 2004, 1987 and 1974. Far from being dispirited, the Glen Eira McKinnon players, who have been there and done that on seven occasions this century, were upbeat and graciously bowed to the better side on the day. As a result Glenroy now sits in fourth place of all-time pennant winners, behind Yarraville Footscray (six between 1973 and 2006), Middle Park (seven, 1914-1925), Glen Eira McKinnon (seven, 2000-2009) and the invincible Auburn club that won 12 championships between 1909 and 1959. At the lunch break Glenroy trailed on the main scoreboard by three shots. It’s rink of Jan Hurst, Jenny Keep, Joanne Bouvall and Maureen Willis trailed Gems legend Denese Brick and her team of Jill Diamond, Terry Clark and Fay Rubenstein by six; while Jennifer Salmon, Sharon Whana, Kylie Middlemo and Judy Davey were nine in arrears to Gail Nadelman. Laura Grayden, Pat McNeill and Pam Morley. But it was the Roy’s quartet of Nicole Shortis, Jan Morton, Judy Stainton and Moira Rayner who kept the red army in touch with their 12- shot lead over Glen Eira McKinnon’s Arnold Nadelman, Ross Maver, Keith Rubenstein and Ann Sternfeld. However, at the resumption it was the Salmon rink, with lead Judy Davey in seductive form, that lead the charge in their battle with top Gems skip Gail Nadelman and her side. This was a strange card. Nadel- man won the first five ends to lead 9-0; then Salmon the next three to lead 10-9; another five scoring ends to Nadelman saw her with a seem- ingly invincible 22-10 lead after 13. Red Army Marches Home • Above: It’s celebration time for Glenroy, the newly crowned metropolitan champions. • Left: Young Glenroy skipper Nicole Shortis was irrepressible all day.