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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
Bowls In Focus 31 Mark your diary for our 21st - 26th August 2011 survived another tough one when she defeated 2009 state singles champion Joy McGrath from Portland. Against Barbara she took the first set with a convincing 9-4 and looked home in the second before Withers, who can match it with the best, picked up a three on the second last end to even the score. However the four-times world champion and 2010 Aus- tralian Open singles winner took it in her stride picking upatwoonthefinalendtocapitoffat8-6. In an overall format where the fortunes of teams can change hands in a shot or two, the Monash ‘A’ team of Evelyn Martin, Gillian Horlock, Bev Maunder, Gordana Baric and Sue Hudson, who had rocketed from eleventh overnight were now sitting behind in second, while the Maribyrnong Valley team of Gayle Edwards, Leanne Dickenson, Judy Stainton, Brooke and Blaine Edwards moved into third, two points further back. As the pairs got underway Melbourne’s weather proved its usual form, turning blistering heat into a torrential downpour within minutes and it became rain, raffles and the legendary afternoon tea, as players waited to complete what turned out to be the final round as organisers had elected not to play the eighth rubber. Monash’s Denese Brick and Maureen McDonald faced Bendigo’s Patti Pain and Mardi Chisholm and had clinched the first set 6-4, then held a lead of 5-3 in the second when rain emptied the green of players and spectators. Although Monash had placed itself in a position that it could not be beaten on points, Denese elected to go back onto the green and finish the match ‘to keep it legal’. However, with a long journey home ahead of them and the conditions being more than uncomfortable out amongst the elements, the Bendigo pair decided to concede the match, which put the coveted trophy in the bag for Monash. It was the Monash side’s second victory, having won in 2009 and puts them equal with Yarra District as the only dual winners. But the drama was far from over. Just when Monash ‘A’ thought they had the runner-up loot in their pockets, Judy Stainton from Maribyrnong Valley played the ‘save of all saves’. She and Leanne Dickinson were in deep trouble against the North Eastern pair of Jan Fisher and Jean Sims, having won the first set 7-6 and needed a win in the second to cement second place overall. In the closing stages Stainton held a narrow lead, but was six down on the head and oblivious of her peril when her teammate decided silence was golden on this occasion. With her last bowl Judy drew and found a gap in the opposition cluster to pick up the jack and claim the shot. She and Leanne took the set 8-5, enough for a five shots-up aggregate finish over Monash ‘A’. “Leanne didn’t tell me, I might have panicked if she had,” said Judy afterwards. While the Maribyrnong Valley side had two state players in its ranks, captain Gayle attributed its success to having five individuals who got on well together. Understandable as two of them are her daughters! - D i Gatehouse 2011 Betty Collins District Challenge at Kew Heights Bowls Club 1st Monash (D Brick, L Burke, J Lindores, M McDonald, M Spizer) 7 wins 25 points; 2nd Maribyrnong Valley (L Dickenson, Bn Edwards, Bk Edwards, G Edwards, J Stainton) 6, 16, +27 shots; 3rd Monash ‘A’ (G Baric, G Horlock, S Hudson, E Martin, B Maunder) 6, 16, +22; 4th Casey ‘A’ (J Bainbridge, L Brock, A Brown, M Gumbleton, P O’Connell) 5, 19; 5th Gippsland (M Dyke, D Hamilton, M Ratcliffe, I Russell, M Smethurst) 5, 17; 6th Peninsula (J Brether ton, D Fitzgerald, L Freeman, J Guthrie, J May) 5, 16; 7th Hobson’s Bay ‘A’ (R Buntine, B Has- sold, J Nardella, C Shipley, J Smith) 4, 20; 8th Hume (H Anderson, J Chick, C Felle, C Pick- wick, B Withers) 4, 18; 9th North Gippsland (L Dalli, M Menner, K Nock, D Relph, H Scullin) 4, 16; 10th Bellarine ‘A’ (V Crumbie, B Gilber t, L Hunt, M Power, F Richardson) 4, 15, +11. • Above: Terang’s Margaret Sumner was one of the many great champions in the event. • Centre: Monash singles player Joyce Lindores had two tough encounters over the weekend. • Above Right: Former national champion Edith Grinham represented Hobson’s Bay District at Kew Heights.