Star eyes State se­lec­tion

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Joe Criddle

Ger­ald­ton’s Jill Adam, Batavia Bowler of the Year, will not play lo­cal pen­nants this sea­son.

The State squad mem­ber has ac­cepted an of­fer to play in the metropoli­tan sys­tem to fur­ther her bowls ca­reer and ul­ti­mately achieve State se­lec­tion.

Adam has stood out at coun­try level, win­ning two pairs and a fours ti­tle and two run­ner-up fin­ishes in coun­try week com­pe­ti­tions over four years.

Her nat­u­ral abil­ity did not go un­no­ticed by se­lec­tors and the star nar­rowly missed the fi­nal squad for Dar­win na­tion­als in her first at­tempt.

The open­ing round of the Ladies Batavia Bowl­ing League’s 2018-19 sea­son saw the pow­er­house sides Won­thella Ma­roon and Ger­ald­ton Gold take ex­pected wins.

The 2015 and 2016 pre­miers Deni­son White also con­tin­ued to show other teams what they were about.

Re­cent Batavia League Bowlers of the Year Gayl Wil­son, from Won­thella, and Norma Folling­ton, from Ger­ald­ton, both con­ceded just nine shots each dur­ing the open­ing round.

An ad­di­tional high­light of the opener was the 18-all drawn en­counter be­tween qual­ity skip­pers Fay Sudilowski and Bar­bara Arm­strong in the Ger­ald­ton derby.

Folling­ton fin­ished se­cond be­hind club mate Jill Adams on the skip­pers stand­ings last sea­son with nine wins.

Wil­son’s eight vic­to­ries po­si­tioned her in the top half-dozen achiev­ers.

The 2018-19 sea­son looks the most even in many years with two coun­try-based clubs set to push city clubs all the way to the fi­nals.

The Rams kick off this week against Won­thella Ma­roon and with the likes of Kaye Bur­ton and Pauline For­rester, an im­prove­ment on last sea­son’s fifth place fin­ish is an­tic­i­pated.

Karen Drage and Margy Simp­son are reg­u­lar play­ers at league level adding fur­ther strength.

Add ex-Perth pen­nant player Diana Cowan into the mix and it’s clear they are not to be taken lightly.

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