Star eyes State selection
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.