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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
30 Bowls In Focus If South Africa has an answer to the ‘Highland Fling’ then Denese Brick, a former national, was close to dancing it on the final day of the 6th Betty Collins Perpetual District Challenge played at Kew Heights last month. Former Scottish international Joyce Lindores just managed to keep her toes on the ground, while team- mates Mary-Anne Spizer, Lorraine Burke and Maureen McDonald would have - if they could have – danced across the table top! This quintet represented Monash District in the an- nual weekend tournament which honours Betty Collins OAM. And by the reaction of the winning side, who, let’s face it, are no strangers to the winner’s dais, with Denese and Mary-Anne also having represented their country on the flat greens, it was obvious that Betty is one of the most revered people in sport. Twice decorated in national honours lists; life mem- ber of World Bowls and VLBA; and former president of the VLBA, Australian Women’s Bowls Council and World Bowls, Betty has done it all, but she’s a long way from ‘calling it a day’. Currently she is deputy president of Bowls Victoria and is also deputy chairman of the company formed to run the 2012 World Champion- ships in Adelaide. And where was the great lady during this weekend at her club? Dressed in club uniform and up to her ears in the behind-the-scenes activities that make this wonderful event tick. But back to the bowls. This year’s weekend medley competition featured 36 representative sides from around the state in a schedule of singles, pairs, triples and fours on both days. And this is how it stacked up for the winning Monash side: Joyce, who recently won silver in the world singles, skipped the triples combination that recently claimed the state title, and was on the mat in the singles; Denese skipped the pairs while Mary-Anne was in charge of the fours combination. “It gave all the skippers a go,” said Denese who captained the star-studded Monash side. After day one the Hume side of Chris Felle, Heather Anderson, Barbara Withers, Christa Pickwick and captained by Jean Chick held a narrow one point lead over of Monash, but after the opener on Sunday morn- ing Monash toppled Hume off the top rung with its win in the fours against Ovens & Murray. Going into the sixth round, the singles, Hume was heading the chasing pack of Monash ‘A’, who had sneaked up from eight to third; Bellarine ‘A’, who had slipped from third to fourth; and Maribyrnong Valley who had languished in 11th place overnight. Two Titans of the game faced off when Lindores met former state champion of champions Barbara Withers in front of the clubhouse, where both stars produced the bowls expected of them. On the previous day Joyce Another • Top: Monash captain Denese Brick sends one away at Kew Heights. • Above: George Prodromidis from Bendigo Bank and Betty Collins present the winner’s cheque to Monash’s Denese Brick, Maureen McDonald, Lor- raine Burke, Joyce Lindores and Mary-Anne Spizer. • Left: Glenroy’s Judy Stainton played the ‘save of all saves’ for Maribyrnong Valley in the final round.