President’s historic singles win
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.