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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
4 Bowls In Focus For several years good judges have been touting Joy Johnson from Yarrawonga & Border Golf as a future state player and last month she reinforced that opinion with a brilliant display in last month’s Vic- torian Pennant Sides Championship at Darebin City. Coming off a disappointing state champion of champions loss at Yallourn the previous week, John- son saved her best for the final day of state pennant when she almost single-handedly carried her club to victory. Skipping the rink of Claire Sanders, Val Kennedy and Lois Fiddes in fine style, Johnson was her club’s only winning rink in the semi final when she defeated Jo Best’s Daylesford team by 13, then in the main event she pulverised the Melton combination of Syl- via Stevenson, Alan Stevenson, Mick Baker, Laura Grech by 19. It was an imposing burst during the middle stages of the final that saw the Border Golf combination clinch this year’s title from the hard-working Melton side. Only five shots separated the two combatants af- ter 24-ends had been recorded, but it was a six-end stanza from Johnson & Co, when they powered from 16-5 to a 29-8 lead over their opposition that broke this state final wide open. Following this onslaught the Border side coveted a 21-shot lead - the biggest of the match - however, to the Melton side’s credit, they gamely whittled it back to 13 when the scheduled 54-ends had elapsed. Melton was well served by its rink of Norma Har- vey, Fin Samson, Lyn Bonney and Fay Ruthven who doubled their opposition’s score when they defeated Anne Miles, Julia Fairweather, Shirley Geraghty and Jean Cumming 22-11. The closest contest of the final was a five-shot victory to Golf veteran Unis Boak and her rink of Edna James, Mary Essex and Dulcie Robinson, who went shot-for-shot with Melton’s John Adams, Wendy Baker, Mary Groenewoud and Helen Mills for most of the distance before pulling away over the final four ends. It was a sad ending for the Melton side after emerging from two one-end tiebreakers on the first day - including their excitement charged win over metropolitan champions Glenroy - then claiming a convincing victory over three-times champions and sentimental favourites Glen Eira McKinnon in the following morning’s semi final. In contrast, the Yarrawonga & Border Golf team was on the receiving end of a nasty scare in the corresponding match against the plucky Dayles- ford combination. The eventual champions burst out of the blocks to lead 19-1 after 13 ends which prompted spectators to start sharing sentiments such as ‘what a shame’ and ‘they did very well to get this far’. Unfazed, and with statuesque skipper Lois Votera- kis and her team leading the recovery - aided and abetted by diminutive Donna Robinson’s rink - the Border Golf’s State Pennant Victory • Above: Victory is sweet for the Border Golf side after its emphatic victory in the State Pennant Sides Championship. • Left: Border Golf skip Joy Johnson dominated proceedings on the final day at Darebin City. • Top Right: The Melton club was well served by skipper Norma Harvey in the state final. • Right: Evergreen Unis Boak skipped her rink to a hard-fought win in the main event. • Below Right: Perky Daylesford skipper Jo Best sends one away during the state finals at Darebin. • Below: Huge crowds were a feature of the cham- pionship’s opening day.
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