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Bowls In Focus : December 2011
16 Bowls In Focus Victoria’s supremacy over their ACT counterparts in interstate test match competition has now developed into one of the longest winning streaks in Australian bowls. Last month at the Wangaratta Bowls Club our men and women both retained possession of the coveted Abe Corrall Trophy and Laudenbach Shield respectively. This was the 12th occasion in which the men have contested the Abe Corrall Trophy – an interesting icon, it has a piece of coral encased in glass as its centrepiece – with the Big V having won eleven times since its inception in 1988, with a loss in 1990 being the only blemish, while it has been all-Victoria in the 10 meetings since. Similarly, the women’s team hasn’t lost a Laudenbach Shield Series in the thirteen contests since its establishment in 1994, which might suggest the series outcome was to be a fait a compli. However, it should be remembered that these plucky Territorians dashed our hopes of winning the 2007 Australian Sides Championship in Perth, when a final round win over them would have brought the Marj Morris Trophy to Melbourne. But little Loretta Gillespie and her team thrashed the Victorian rink skipped by Claire Duke and the rest is history. They are never to be taken lightly. But, in a mysterious decision Gillespie and four other top ACT players including Pat Hamilton and Mina Bannerman were missing at Wangaratta, which seriously undermanned the visitors. A source close to the team said it was agreed that anyone who represented ACT in the Australian Senior Sides Championship at Warilla a month earlier would miss the Laudenbach Shield series. Whatever, but it was a test apiece after the opening round on the morning of day one when the men notched an emphatic 21-shot win, while the women went down to their ACT counterparts by 22. In the men’s victory it was the rink of skipper Wayne Roberts from Yarraville Footscray, Essendon’s Peter Loe, Nathan Bush from Geelong West and Shepparton Golf’s Matt Robertson who lead the way with a 15-shot win, while Matt Flapper from Essendon skipped Barrie Lester from Moonee Ponds, Essendon’s Aaron Wilson and Dylan Fisher from Melbourne to victory by eight. The other Victorian rink skipped by Michael Wilks from Clayton and comprising Bundoora RSL’s Nick McIntyre and Adam Galloway along with Shepparton Golf’s Brett Foley went down by two in a 21-end match that could have gone either way. Sadly Colac City’s Rebecca McMahon was unable to celebrate her 100th state game as she would have wished when her rink of Nicole Shortis from Glenroy, Richmond Union’s Lisa Phillips and Elise Cowan from Sunbury suffered a 15-shot defeat; while debutante skipper Sam Shannahan from Lara, Clayton’s Paula Wood, Victoria Troster from Mt Waverley and Glenroy’s Judy Davey finished seven in arrears. Victoria’s best-performed women’s rink was the combination of Sunbury’s Carla Odgers, also making her state skipping debut, Mary-Anne Spizer from Clayton, City of Echuca’s Melissa Larcombe and Claire Sanders from Yarrawonga & Border Golf, who were level coming into the last end, but conceded two shots. Congratulations to four members of the Victorian contingent, Aaron Wilson, Victoria Troster, Lisa Phillips and Melissa Larcombe, who made their state debuts in the first Test. A tenth successive Abe Corrall Trophy series win was formalised by the men on a hot Thursday afternoon in Wangaratta, when Victoria won on all three rinks to secure the three-match series 2-0. Celebrating his impending marriage in three days Matty Flapper steered Barrie Lester, Aaron Interstate Test Series Winning streaks extended by Mighty Vics • Above: The Victorian men’s team completed a clean sweep over its ACT rivals. • Left: Young Essendon star Aaron Wilson made an impressive senior debut. • Top: The Victorian men’s team completed a clean sweep over its ACT rivals. • Above: Young Essendon star Aaron Wilson made an impressive senior debut.