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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
14 Bowls In Focus As a teenager Dawn Goldsack learnt a hard spor ting lesson, that you don’t take on one of Australia’s greatest athletes and expect to win. Then a member of the Malvern Harriers she re- lated how as a young sprinter she was in the same line up as Betty Cuthbert. “I was winning and then she whooshed straight past me,” laughed Dawn as she and her Ashburton side celebrated their win in the Women’s State Fours Championship at Sheppar ton Park last month. But there was no getting past Dawn that day and if the truth be known there are probably many people around that have had trouble getting past this all-rounder, who as it turned out stepped into the skip’s shoes for the finals. The 23-11 win against a composite Inverloch, Phillip Island, San Remo team was more than a team effort, it was a real club effor t for Ashburton, which while having a few pennant flags to its credit, has not figured in the ‘big time’ for many many years. On the mat this time around was club providor Lyn Maloney as lead, bowls secretary and selector Pam Brown was at second while social director and vice president, Liz Kortum was the ‘stand in’ at third. And it could well be said, what a great stand in on the day! Dawn, also a club selector, took over the role of skip from Mary Tragardh. It wasn’t unexpected, as Mary, a busy hairdresser, knew that she had to return to work and this gave Liz time to ‘limber up.’ Competing on the new indoor green at Sheppar- ton the composite side, skipped by Robyn Dennis, a golfer on a single figured handicap who has ‘seen the light’, with Jaye Allen-Dayle (San Remo) at third, Hazel Crewdson (Phillip Island) second and Yvonne Kee (Inverloch) as lead, lined up against Colac in the semi final. The Colac girls, Dianne Hynes, Shirley Garner, Margaret Farrell, Joy West turned in a performance that proved that scores in bowls do not necessarily reflect the high standard of play. Inverloch locked out Colac over the first four ends to command an eight-zip lead, before their opposition retaliated with seven shots over the next five ends, but still had a six shot deficit after nine. Ay the 15th Robyn and her side had an 18-11 lead and retained the edge for the rest of the contest to win 21-14 . In their semi Ashbur ton tackled the Moama side of Sandra Connolly, Marilyn Stephenson, Merilyn Rehe and Wendy Varcoe in no uncertain terms, picking up four on the opening ends and after let- ting their opposition into the game with a single on the third locked them out over the next four, picking up another 11 in the process which a five on the fifth. Sandra and her side were by no means playing loose bowls and a three on the eighth gave a glim- mer of hope of getting back into the game. Another two on the 10th added to things but then Ashburton bolted winning the next four ends to open up a 22-6 lead. Moama made a last ditch stand winning the 15th and 16th ends, but after losing a three on the next conceded the day. In the final Ashburton were out of the blocks fast again, opening a 12-1 lead after seven ends. The composite got into the contest with a four on the 8th and looked to be in control in a kitty rattling next end where they held a cluster of shots until Liz Kor tum slipped through to conver t the head to one in Ashburton’s favour. Again Inverloch’s hopes were dashed when Dawn played the perfect conversion to pick up three on the next. On the 11th Robyn was spot on with a draw to come inside two opposition bowls to pick up a single but still had huge arrears to chase. The 13th end was tit for tat between the two leads and Inverloch were again in a favourable position until Liz came in with a fast one and removed the shot bowl. Robyn went for it, but the fortunes of bowls wicked against her when Ashburton picked up two. After 14 ends Ashburton led 20-5 and opened that further with a single on the next. However, a last minute run by Inverloch saw them close the gap by six shots over the next two ends, but on the short 17th Lyn Maloney sat her bowl just behind the jack and it was all over from there, Ashburton taking the title 22-11. The event was a dream run for Ashbur ton, being the only metropolitan team to get through the first day of qualifying at Shepparton, then creating club history with its first state title victory. - D i Gatehouse • Tournament director Gillian Jolly and Bowls Victoria deputy president Betty Collins flank new champions Dawn Goldsack, Liz Kortum, Lyn Maloney and Pam Brown. Ashburton Sprints To Maiden Title Victorian Women’s Fours Championship at Shepparton Park Bowls Club Section 1: Rd.1: Glen Eira McKinnon (D Brick, G Nadel- man, J Diamond, L Grayden) d Mildura (J Osborne, D Milner, P Russell, J Hallo) 9-7, Ashburton (M Tragardh, D Goldsack, P Brown, L Maloney) d Portland (K Alexander, M Kinnaird, J Werner, W Webster) 10-6; Rd.2: Ashburton d Mildura 17-9, Glen Eira McKinnon d Portland 18- 12; Rd.3: Mildura d Portland 17-11, Ashburton d Glen Eira McKinnon 11-8 . Section winner: Ashburton 6 points +15 shots. Section 2: Rd.1: Moama (S Connolly, M Stephenson, M Rehe, W Varcoe) d Ararat VRI (D Taylor, M McDonald, I Stevens, N Verrent) 23-4, Glenroy (J Hurst, N Shortis, J Salmon, J Davey) d War- racknabeal (V Blackley, A Robertson, L Fuller, N Belot) 17-5; Rd.2: Warracknabeal drew Ararat VRI 12-12, Moama d Glenroy 11-7; Rd.3: Glen- roy d Ararat VRI 25-4, Moama d Warracknabeal 15-5 . Section winner: Moama 6 points +33 shots. Section 3: Rd.1: Cranbourne (B Gribbin, L Whalley, L Mulder, B Fulton) d Yarraville Footscray (D Buckingham, C Shipley, R Cordy, L Martin) 13-7, Gisborne (D Evans, M Wilson, J Johns, C Such) d Colac (D Hynes, S Garner, M Farrell, J West) 14-10; Rd.2: Colac d Cranbourne 16-2, Yarraville Footscray d Gisborne 12-10; Rd.3: Gisborne d Cranbourne 13-9, Colac d Yarraville Footscray 17-8 . Section winner: Colac 4 points +19 shots. Section 4: Rd.1: Blackburn (A Kerr, T Murray, L Edwards, M Ravencroft) d Mt Martha (L Eade, S Richardson, C Pardo, J Herbert) 15-8, Inverloch (R Dennis, J Allen-Dayle, H Crewdson, Y Kee) d Wodonga (N Hayes, J Fraser, E Coombs, L Taylor) 10-9; Rd.2: Wodonga d Mt Martha 13-8, Inverloch d Blackburn 15-9; Rd.3: Inverloch d Mt Martha 10-8, Wodonga d Blackburn 18-4. Section winner: Inverloch 6 points +9 shots. Semi finals: Inverloch d Colac 21-14, Ashburton d Moama 25-11 . Final: Dawn Goldsack, Liz Kortum (sub), Pam Brown, Lyn Maloney (Ashbur ton) d Robyn Den- nis (Inverloch), Jaye Allen-Dayle (San Remo), Hazel Crewdson (Phillip Island), Yvonne Kee (Inverloch) 23-11 .
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