Pres­i­dent’s his­toric sin­gles win

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Lyn Smith has claimed a his­toric and mem­o­rable De­niliquin Bowl­ing Club Ladies Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship.

It was Smith’s first ti­tle and she be­came just the third bowler to claim the cham­pi­onship while at the same time serv­ing as the ladies’ club pres­i­dent.

Iron­i­cally, the two other ladies to achieve the feat as pres­i­dent — Betty McCarthy and Fay Mun­ner­ley — are the same two who have de­feated Smith on the two oc­ca­sions she had pre­vi­ously made the sin­gles fi­nal.

Her op­po­nent this sea­son was four-time cham­pion Jill Grimshaw, and mak­ing the vic­tory even more mem­o­rable was that Smith turned around a seven-shot deficit to claim the ti­tle. ‘‘It was a great fi­nal,’’ Smith said. ‘‘Jill’s a club cham­pion and I have a lot of re­spect for her, so for me it was a spe­cial win and quite an hon­our.

‘‘I’ve been run­ner-up twice and, to be hon­est, I prob­a­bly didn’t ex­pect to win one at this stage in my ca­reer af­ter about 25 years of bowl­ing.

‘‘The pen­nant flag wins with team­mates are my most cher­ished mem­o­ries, but this is cer­tainly a nice hon­our on a per­sonal level. It was a lovely game of bowls and very close.’’

Noth­ing had sep­a­rated the two fi­nal­ists up un­til the 14th end, when scores were level at nine apiece in the de­cider.

Grimshaw made her move, pick­ing up a ‘four’ fol­lowed by a ‘two’ for a six-shot lead, 15-9.

Smith bounced back claim­ing four shots across the next three ends to cut the mar­gin to two.

The next two ends be­longed to the reign­ing club cham­pion, who stretched her lead to five shots, but Smith stayed in touch with a ‘two’ to trail by three, 18 to 15.

Grimshaw then made what looked to be a match-win­ning move, scor­ing two shots on each of the next two ends to take a sev­en­shot lead, 22-15, in the race to 25.

Smith re­mained com­posed and played mag­nif­i­cent bowls over the next six ends, scor­ing a run of 3, 1, 1, 2, 2 and 3 to take the ti­tle.

Smith will now con­test the Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons later this month, which she said she was look­ing for­ward to.

‘‘Brenda Leetham and I won the club pairs and went on to win the Cam­paspe Val­ley di­vi­sion pairs sev­eral years ago, and then we went on to play in the re­gional fi­nals in Bendigo.

‘‘Jill (Grimshaw), my­self, Fay Mun­ner­ley and Brenda also won the Cam­paspe Val­ley di­vi­sion fours in 2011/12 and went on to the re­gional fi­nals.

‘‘These were ca­reer high­lights of mine, and this (club sin­gles win) is cer­tainly an­other one.’’

De­niliquin Bowl­ing Club ladies held a mixed fours Christ­mas break-up party on De­cem­ber 20.

Only six brave bowlers took to the greens, and fol­low­ing play a de­li­cious lunch was served with all present pro­vid­ing an as­sort­ment of savoury and sweet de­lights.

In the mixed match, Glenys Ches­sells, Robyn Lit­tle and Paul Snare de­feated Ian Ches­sells, Harry Lea and Stu­art Lea by one shot. All play­ers were re­warded for their ef­forts.

Com­pe­ti­tion prizes of ham­pers were then drawn, with many de­lighted to win.

Two ham­pers were do­nated to char­ity — one to St Vin­cent de Paul and one to the Sal­va­tion Army. Pres­i­dent Smith ex­pressed a sin­cere thanks to all who do­nated to the char­ity ham­pers.

Sin­gles win­ner Lyn Smith with run­ner-up Jill Grimshaw.

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