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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 5 Border Golf’s State Pennant Victory State Pennant Sides Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club Round 1: Queenscliff d Murray Downs 52-46 (G Awty9MJewson20,DClark23MKerr13,G Byers 20 F Merritt 13), Melton d Glenroy 53-51 (J Adams 11 J Hurst 21, S Stevenson 20 N Shor tis 14, N Harvey 22 J Salmon 16), Portland d Wonthaggi 53-48 (K Alexander 20 I Donohue 19, G Humphries 19 K Simpson 16, J Done- hue 14 J Clarkson 13), Yarrawonga & Border Golf d Moama 50-45 (U Boak 14 S Connolly 11, J Johnson 17 W Varcoe 17, A Miles 19 M Stephenson 17). Quarter finals: Glen Eira McKinnon d War- racknabeal 61-37 (D Brick 22 L Fuller 9, G Nadelman 16 V Blackley 14, R Maver 23 D Steed 14), Melton d Queenscliff 54-50 (J Adams 15 G Awty 19, S Stevenson 23 D Clark 14, N Harvey 16 G Byers 17), Yarrawonga & Border Golf d Portland 54-45 (U Boak 11 K Alexander 20, J Johnson 19 G Humphries 13, A Miles 24 J Donehue 12), Daylesford d Mornington Civic 42-40 (L Voterakis 18 D Fitzgerald 8, J Best 12 S Haigh 14, D Robinson 12 J Bretherton 18). Semi finals: Melton d Glen Eira McKinnon 60-46 (J Adams 18 D Brick 20, S Stevenson 19 G Nadelman 8, N Harvey 23 R Maver 18), Yarrawonga & Border Golf d Daylesford 52-48 (U Boak 16 L Voterakis 23, J Johnson 24 J Best 11, A Miles 11 D Robinson 14). Final: Yarrawonga & Border Golf d Melton 61-48 Rink 1: YBG (Joy Johnson, Claire Sanders, Val Kennedy, Lois Fiddes) defeated Mel (Sylvia Stevenson, Alan Stevenson, Mick Baker, Laura Grech) 31-12 . Rink 2: YBG (Unis Boak, Edna James, Mary Essex, Dulcie Robinson) defeated Mel (John Adams, Wendy Baker, Mary Groenewoud, Helen Mills) 19-14 . Rink 3: YBG (Anne Miles, Julia Fairweather, Shirley Geraghty, Jean Cummings) lost to Mel (Norma Harvey, Fin Samson, Lyn Bonney, Fay Ruthven) 11-22 . Daylesford side actually fought back to draw level at 42-42 after 45 ends. And as one of the great boilovers in the competi- tion’s history loomed, it was the rangy Johnson and her rink who halted the momentum over the closing ends, as did Boak & Co, who were well down at one stage, to get the Border Golf side over the line with just one rink up. Two years ago the golfing girls gave notice that their day would come after narrowly losing a sides championship semi final at Horsham, while the Melton team was runners-up to Yarraville Footscray at City of Echuca in 2007. Decision day arrived following one of the most amazing ever in state pennant sides championship competition as the final four to contest the semi finals was formalised. It commenced with the unlikely eventuality of one of the rare – if ever - drawn matches in the championship’s 13-year history, when Wonthaggi and Portland tied at 48-48 after the scheduled 54 ends. However, just 10 minutes later the Queenscliff and Murray Downs sides were also deadlocked, their scoreboard reading 46-46; while the eagerly awaited Glenroy versus Melton clash also finished level at 48-48 about 30-minutes later. This glut of drawn results prompted a well-known identity to reflect; ‘There’s been more ties here today than at Henry Bucks’. But this new fad still had one more cameo to play when Melton, who defeated metropolitan champions Glenroy in the morn- ing opener after a one-end play-off, repeated the dose against the prominent Queenscliff side in the afternoon quarter finals. In all, of the eight matches completed on day one, four required teams to go out for an extra end. Earlier in the day it was Queenscliff who emerged from their one-end shootout against Murray Downs, while Portland gained promotion to the next round against Wonthaggi. Testimony to the outstanding quality of competi- tion on day one was this statistic; of the matches which only went the stock-standard 54 ends, only one saw a double digit winning margin, being Glen Eira McKinnon’s 24-shot win over the game War- racknabeal side. Accordingly, despite the reality that a few of their enduring performers were missing from this competi- tion, it was the mighty Gems - still smarting from the previous week’s metro grand final loss - who went into the final day as favourites. However, they would find the proud Melton side too much of a hurdle to gain a crack at a fourth title. But come the hour, come the moment, and it was the Border golfers, with Joy Johnson leading the pack, who emerged as best of the best. - David Allen
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