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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 25 When it comes to organising Jill Grimshaw has the answers and at the Victorian Women’s Country Carnival finals played at Sheppar- ton Park last month, she had them against Finley’s Betty Robinson side when she skipped her Deniliquin team to a 12-6 victory in an all- Riverina affair. “I’m the worker,” she said sticking up her hand as the only non-retired person on the green on this occa- sion. She works for Watson’s Drilling and it is highly likely she is the king cog in the works. So much so she responded to a request to go with the crew to a major mining site in North Queensland this summer and like everyone else found herself ‘flooded out’ and having to ditch her caravan in the exodus. “I was the camp mother. At home I’m the scrap heap in the yard,” she joked about her job. In fact she and Fay Munnerley, Robyn Little and Brenda Leetham had the answers all week, as it is no mean feat to make the pointy end of this state event. This year there was a count of 992 or so players competing on-green within the Goulburn Valley region. Apart from the fun and frivolity that goes with the carnival and the swelling of local cash registers, the event is a five-day bowls marathon. And it was also no mean feat for the Finley side of Robinson, Lyn Bergmans, Heather Tabe and Sue Hipnell, as their club has only 21 lady members. In the semi finals the Deniliquin crew were home with a single shot victory against Joy Johnson (Border Golf) and her composite side of Jenny Tirant (Marysville), Claire Saunders (Border Golf) and Marika Armstrong (Eildon). Joy and Claire were on a roll having also made the semi finals of the pairs. In the other semi final the Finley side were up against Edithvale’s Barbara Overson, Deb Sherry, Carol Baker and Trish Eastwood, winning a thrills and spills contest 10-7 . Moving straight from the fours to the pairs Johnson and Saunders ran into the Glenroy combo of Sharon Whana and Judy Stainton in what turned out a true battle of the leads for most the game. Whana trailed in the early stages but got the running position on the seventh end when Stainton produced a cluster of three around the jack to give the pair a one-shot lead. The next end produced another kitty hugging result, but this time Saunders had the shot to equalise. The ninth again saw Stainton hold shot to take get the pair back in front again and on the next she put up two touchers and was holding one when the skips took to the mat. Johnson wrested it out but wicked the jack to the opposition’s back bowl. Whana took full advantage and ended the contest by picking up three. In the semi final between former state singles champion Joy McGrath and partner Elma Astrey from Portland RSL, it went to the eventual pairs winners Margot Leitch and Brenda Jones from Inglewood in a game that was tit for tat over the first six ends with Leitch getting away at the finish to win 10-6 . The carnival in never without its amusements and during the semi finals a large nameless Labrador added to the party when appearing from nowhere to check out whether bowls could be retrieved or not. After evading capture by marker Mavis Boyle he was eventually ‘wrestled’ to the ground by umpire Margo Dodson – also well known in hockey circles – and dismissed from the pitch! The fours final was a bit cat and mouse over the opening ends until the Deni four broke loose on the sixth end with a two to take the lead by the same number. A three on the ninth consolidated their lead at 9-4 and while Robinson got her side back into it with a two on the 10th. But the girls in blue had their sights firmly on the winner’s cheque as they locked the opposition out over the closing ends went on to win 12-6. In the pairs final it was very much an end of a marathon week contest with all four players almost crawling to the afternoon tea table when the party was over. After eight ends there was only one shot the difference in Leitch’s fa- vour, but it was the next that was tell- ing when Leitch and Jones had the jack surrounded, and when Whana was unable to alter the situation she found herself and Stainton chasing a four-shot deficit on the last. Leitch was relentless over the closing ends finishing the game off 11-6 . “Brenda kept me in it all week,” said Leitch, explaining that they had originally decided they would be happy if they won a game a day. For Whana it was a disappointing finish but the smile is rarely off this happy Kiwi’s face for long. “The sun will come up again tomorrow,” she quipped as she left the green. While the Country Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar it was this year touched with a little bit of sadness as many of those famous pale blue VLBA official blazers will now make their way into cupboards and archives as the new livery of Bowls Victoria takes over. - Di Gatehouse Victorian Women’s Country Carnival at Shepparton Park Bowls Club Fours: Semi finals: Betty Robinson, Lyn Bergmans, Heather Tabe, Sue Hipnell (Finley) d Barbara Overson, Deb Sherry, Carol Baker, Trish Eastwood (Edithvale) 10-7; Jill Grimshaw, Fay Munnerley, Robyn Little, Robyn Leetham (Deniliquin) d Joy Johnson (Yarrawonga & Bor- der Golf), Jenny Tirant (Marysville), Claire Saunders (Yarrawonga & Border Golf), Marika Armstrong (Eildon) 11-10. Final: Grimshaw d Robinson 12-6 . Pairs: Semi finals: Sharon, Judy Stainton (Glenroy) d Joy Johnson, Claire Saunders (Yarrawonga & Border Golf) 10-7; Margot Leitch, Brenda James (Inglewood) d Joy McGrath, Elma Astrey (Portland RSL) 10-6 . Final: Leitch d Whana 11-6 . Pop in and meet the new owners Gary and Ann Border Bowls Shop Little shop... BIG reputation Suppliers of the latest bowls, accessories and apparel Open Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm and Sat mornings 9am-noon Shop 4/90 Melbourne Street Mulwala NSW 2647 MAIL ORDERS are our speciality Phone 03 5743 3112 • Above: Fours winners Robyn Little, Fay Munnerley, Jill Grimshaw and Brenda Leetham with ‘Goldie Horn’ the cow. • Below: Shepparton Commonwealth Bank manager Michael Laino presents pairs winners Brenda Jones and Margaret Leitch with their prize. Country Teams Tops In Carnival
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