Bowls ac­co­lades keep rolling along for Marg

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ROCHESTER Bowl­ing Club’s Marg Knight be­came a state pairs fi­nal­ist on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 12, dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion’s de­cider at Rochester.

The ti­tle has be­come her sec­ond for the sea­son af­ter be­ing a mem­ber of Rochester’s state fours side which de­feated Moama.

She teamed up with Moama’s Mar­got Bren­nan, a for­mer Rochester bowler, for the Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion state pairs event hav­ing played in the tour­na­ment to­gether for quite some years.

In 2008 the team made it all the way to the Vic­to­rian state fi­nals in Al­bury and Knight said they had been try­ing to repli­cate the same achieve­ment ever since.

‘‘We were for­tu­nate to get the chance to play against the win­ners of the Bendigo re­gion again af­ter Mon­day,’’ Knight said and will head to Bendigo in early Fe­bru­ary 2017 for the state fours and pairs.

‘‘You do well just to make it to the state fi­nals and any vic­tory af­ter that is a bonus,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s al­ways the as­pi­ra­tion to play the best you can on the day, but you can only play as well as the op­po­si­tion al­lows you.’’

And the op­po­si­tion didn’t al­low much room for er­ror when play com­menced the past Mon­day.

The semi-fi­nal against De­niliquin’s Jill Grimshaw and City of Echuca’s Veron­ica Kelly went down to the fi­nal bowl from Kelly which could have changed the fi­nal 18-13 score dra­mat­i­cally.

Knight and Bren­nan were win­ners of the match which set them up for the fi­nal against Moama’s Lau­relle Smith and Lola Wil­liams.

The even­tual cham­pi­ons were out­played for 14 of the 18 ends and were down 6-15 with four ends re­main­ing.

‘‘How quickly things can change,’’ Knight said.

Knight and Bren­nan com­bined well to pick up 11 shots in the fol­low­ing two ends and earned an ex­tra two shots on the fi­nal end to take their to­tal to 19.

The pair from Moama only scored an­other two shots with Knight and Bren­nan hold­ing on to claim the win 19-17 in an en­ter­tain­ing, highly skilled game of bowls.

‘‘Like in all sport you never give up,’’ Knight said.

‘‘We were well and truly down but we never gave up and hung in there.

‘‘You just don’t know what will hap­pen and it was re­ally nice to get the win in the end.’’

Knight said more of­ten than not you lose a game of bowls than you win and added she was fairly laid back when it came to play­ing.

‘‘It’s great to come away with the win, but mostly I en­joy the game,’’ she said.

‘‘Nerves never re­ally im­pact me and both Mar­got and I have been play­ing for a num­ber of years now.’’

Knight said she was likely to play in the state sin­gles event next month, how­ever added each club was lim­ited to the num­ber of en­trants they could put for­ward.

She said she will play each game as it comes with no in­ten­tions of ad­ding a third ti­tle as yet.

Marg Knight, left, teamed up with Denise Pap­pin, Lyn Moon and Heather Cur­nick to win the Cam­paspe Val­ley women’s state fours fi­nal.

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