Clas­sic to at­tract best in bowl­ing

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

A mo­men­tous memo­rial lawn bowls tour­na­ment with a $10,000 prize pool will be held in Yar­ra­wonga this week­end with the Joy John­son Memo­rial Clas­sic taking place from 10am Satur­day, Septem­ber 1 to Sun­day, Septem­ber 2 at the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort.

This event, which started as a small lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion that bowler Joy John­son also hoped to make a na­tional event, will have a field of 84 in­di­vid­u­als with 28 teams com­pet­ing in the ladies two bowls triple tour­na­ment.

The event is a tier three bowls Aus­tralian rank­ing event which will help in Yar­ra­wonga’s aims to gain state level events in the area.

There will be six games of 15 ends with $10,000 in prize money up for grabs with first prize win­ning $4500 per team.

The event has even made its mark na­tion­ally as it has at­tracted play­ers from all over Aus­tralia in­clud­ing cur­rent or pre­vi­ous medal­ists.

Some of the big-name bowl­ing stars who will be com­pet­ing at the event are:

Carla Krizanic who is the cur­rent Aus­tralian Jacka­roo and Duel 2018 Com­mon­wealth gold medal­ist in both triples and fours.

Play­ing with Carla is Sam Shan­na­han who was re­cently named the Aus­tralian Jacka­roo and Vic­to­rian State Skip.

Wodonga lo­cal Kylie White­head who is the cur­rent Na­tional Sin­gles Cham­pion and Vic­to­rian State player.

Team Ed­wards who con­sists of mother and two daugh­ters, Gayle, Brooke who is the cur­rent Aus­tralian Pairs Cham­pi­ons and Blaine who is a cur­rent Vic­to­rian state player.

There has also been 30 play­ers who have en­tered the event who are cur­rent state or ex state play­ers.

Joy John­son, who the tour­na­ment is aptly named af­ter, was an avid bowler and was even an Aus­tralian cham­pion.

She won the YMGCR Club Sin­gles Cham­pion for 14 years from 2002 to 2016 and won team cham­pi­onships at YMGCR in pairs, triple and fours over a num­ber of years.

Joy also rep­re­sented the re­gion on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, com­pet­ing in the Ovens and Mur­ray Bowls Re­gions Cham­pion State Events in the over 60s pairs over two years, triples twice, fours, twice, pairs twice, sin­gles three times and cham­pion of cham­pi­ons twice.

Joy was also a mem­ber of the re­gional state pen­nant which the YMGCR won in 2010/11.

Her name will be re­mem­bered for a very long time, not only for her im­pres­sive bowls re­sume but for her at­ti­tude to life.

One of her last events in 2016 was the Vic­to­rian state ti­tles where Joy was in every event pos­si­ble.

Her daugh­ter Sharon said the fam­ily was ex­cited to make this event big­ger than pre­vi­ous years and were keen to see a great num­ber of bowlers com­pete.

“We are very ex­cited to pre­sent this memo­rial clas­sic to re­mem­ber mum (Joy),” Sharon said.

“Our ma­jor gen­er­ous spon­sor is Lekeal Builders who also hap­pen to be my fam­ily and the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort has been fan­tas­tic in spon­sor­ing us and let­ting us hold the event at their venue.

“We are de­ter­mined to make this tour­na­ment one to re­mem­ber this year, then even big­ger in the years to come.”

The two day event will also in­clude en­ter­tain­ment on Satur­day night for peo­ple to eat, drink, min­gle and have a boo­gie with ev­ery­one wel­come to come along to the week­end and check out the lawn bowl­ing tal­ent on show.

Duel 2018 Com­mon­wealth gold medal­ist Carla Krizanic (far right) will be one of big names com­pet­ing this week­end in the Joy John­son Memo­rial Clas­sic. Pic­tured with Carla is Natasha Scott, Kelsey Cot­trell with her baby Si­enna, Re­becca van Asch dur­ing the medal cer­e­mony for the Lawn Bowls Women’s Fours at the XXI Com­mon­wealth Games at the Gold Coast ear­lier this year.(AAP Im­age/Dar­ren Eng­land).

Aus­tralian Jacka­roo and Vic­to­rian State Skip Sam Shan­na­han will team up with Carla Krizanic.

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