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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
30 Bowls In Focus Because of a scheduling mishap this year’s Victorian Junior Girls Singles Championship wasn’t featured in the pages of this magazine immediately after completion, but memories of the event have never been forgotten. Accordingly and belatedly we congratulate Kyneton schoolgirl Chloe Stewart on her fine victory performance at the Clayton Bowls Club. It was third time lucky for the young interstate representative who has been runner- up to Richmond Union’s Lisa Phillips and Sunbury’s Michelle Dick in the two previous state finals. Stewart, 15, who played premier division pennant at the Sunbury club last season confirmed her status as one of the shining lights on the horizon when she captured the title in a tense encounter against fellow interstate junior representative Victoria Troster from Mt Waverley. There was never much in the game, although Troster did hold a four-shot advantage at one stage when she led 15-11. It was at this point that Stewart contemplated a third successive ‘bridesmaid’ finish and lifted her momentum. From there to the winning line both players traded shot for shot, and not to be outdone, Troster stuck to her game plan of playing long with the breeze and short into it with good results. However, it was over the concluding three ends, when trailing 20-23, that Stewart rose to the occasion collecting counts of two, one and two to clinch the title that had evaded her grasp over the previous two seasons. Contested over 32 absorbing ends the match provided both players with many opportunities to showcase their abundant skills, which they did with gusto. Both had made their way into the final with impressive semi final wins over opponents who clearly struggled with the conditions. Stewart had all the answers for Bendigo’s Stephanie Priest winning their match, recording a 25-11 scoreline, while Troster was ruthless in her demolition of Wodonga hopeful Kylie Whitehead, winning 25-8. Both losing semi finalists will be better for their experiences and if still eligible for next year’s event should figure strongly in the final outcome. But things will be difficult for all comers with the knowledge that young Chloe still has three more years in the division. - Les Christie • Newly crowned champion Chloe Stewart is flanked by runner-up Victoria Troster and Bowls Victoria’s Fay Ruthven. Third Time Lucky For Young Starlet Competition Report Try our demo bowls before you buy Roy will be very happy to assist you 61 Walker Street Dandenong Phone: 03 9793 3487 Your enjoyment is our business DANDENONG’S SPECIALIST BOWLS SHOP HIGHWAY BOWLS CENTRE HIGHWAY BOWLS CENTRE Try our demo bowls before you buy Roy will be very happy to assist you 61 Walker Street Dandenong Phone: 03 9793 3487 Your enjoyment is our business Try our demo bowls before you buy Try our demo bowls before you buy Try our demo bowls before you buy Try our demo bowls before you buy Try our demo bowls before you buy For Lawn Bowls Clothing, Equipment and Accessories MAIL ORDER AVAILABLE
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