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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
Bowls In Focus 33 Michelle Tait from the Leopold Spor tsmans Club on the Bel- larine Peninsula won the recent Victorian Women’s Novice Singles Championship at the lush Berwick Bowls Club when she dominated all of her matches. A part time professional bingo caller, Tait, 39, defeated Werribee RSL’s Samantha Robinson, a 32- year-old Compliance Auditor, 21-16 in the final after both combatants had come through their three state rounds impressively. For the first 16 ends of the cham- pionship decider Tait, who found the most efficient route to the jack from the outset, dominated proceedings and had Robinson under extreme pressure with the score at 18-7. However, Robinson, a self- confessed bowls ‘addict’ and totally in love with the game, and who had missed two very important fam- ily events to play, showed a ton of stealth in the face of impending doom collected three counts of three over the ensuing four ends, while only conceding a single. Holding a close counter on the next end, with the scoreboard show- ing 19-16 in favour of Tait, spectators at greenside were musing about the Robinson’s being the greatest come- back victory of all time. But Tait had other ideas and proceeded to play the shot of the day when she chipped Robinson’s bowl out of the head, then added another counter to claim the jackpot. Two very individual bowlers, Robinson precise and exact in all she did, and Tait relaxed and easy going, it was fascinating to watch. Ironically, it was consecutive second placings for Robinson, who was runner-up to Nathalia’s Kerry Scott last year. In the previous week’s two rounds Robinson easily accounted for Mt Martha’s Jill Hitchman, and then it was Maryborough Highland’s Chris- tine Long turn to feel the pain while the semi final saw her far too strong on the day for Kristy Gillingham from Lakes Entrance. Tait, began bowling on the Bel- larine at Drysdale before a residential move saw her join Leopold Sports. Her road to the biggest win in her short bowling career saw victories against Berriwillock’s Julie Wright, Janelyn Lawani from Middle Park and Eaglehawk’s Kaye Rowe. It was an impressive performance. - Marnie Gregory Fabulous accommodation in 1, 2 & 3 bedroom fully Self contained apartments with ensuites Fantastic location, direct beach and Estuary access. Adjacent to Dunes Café and parklands. 3 Pools (2 heated), 2 heated spas, 4 Barbecue areas. Tweed Heads, Burleigh Heads, Mermaid Beach Lawn Bowling Clubs just a short drive away. COMPETITIVE PRICES ALL YEAR ROUND OR Ask about our LONG TERM (5 WEEKS OR MORE) with rates starting From $560 per week (conditions apply) 955 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach Queensland 4221 firstname.lastname@example.org FREECALL 1800 353 799 Phone 07 55255000 www.currumbinsands.com.au CURRUMBIN SANDS ON THE BEACH The Perfect Holiday Location Leopold Rookie’s Numbers Come Up Victorian Women’s Novice Singles Championship at Berwick Bowls Club Round of 16: C Long (Marybor- ough Highland) d L Mahoney (Simpson) 21-13, S Robinson (Werribee RSL) d J Hitchman (Mt Mar tha) 21-3, K Gillingham (Lakes Entrance) d J Aubrey (Burden Park) 21-15, K Whitehead (Wodonga) d T Spence (Bundoora RSL) 21-5, K Rowe (Eaglehawk) d S Canning (Whittlesea) 21-14, J Lewis (Mooroolbark) d K Disney (SOC) 21-20, M Tait (Leopold Spor ts) d J Wight (Berriwillock) 21-9, J Lawani (Middle Park) d J Scandolera (Moulamein) 21-9 . Quarter finals: Robinson d Long 21-10, Gillingham d Whitehead 21-18, Rowe d Lewis 21-13, Tait d Lawani 21-17. Semi finals: Robinson d Gilling- ham 21-8, Tait d Rowe 21-12 . Final: Michelle Tait (Leopold Spor ts) d Samantha Robinson (Werribee RSL) 21-16. • Top: Tournament director Gillian Jolly with new champion Michelle Tait and runner-up Samantha Robinson. • Above: Smooth swinging Michelle Tait marches towards victory at Berwick. • Left: It was successive runner-up finishes for Werribee RSL’s Samantha Robinson.