2014 Wenty Lgs MAGPIE TRIPLES Winners
DENNIS HARMER, STEVE FOGORTY, NEIL BURKETT
2014 DISTRICT SINGLES
Congratulations to our recently signed Merrylands member and ladies bowls coordinator, Val Smith for winning the Lansdowne District ladies singles.
With a draw plagued by byes and withdrawals, Val moved into the semi-finals after securing two good wins. She then went into battle against past Australian representative and current NSW State player Sharyn Renshaw of St John’s Park. After a close encounter with neither player giving an inch, Val came out the victor 25-22.
In the other semi-final another game of epic proportions was unfolding as Arleen Jeffery snuck to victory ahead of her St John’s Park club mate Corinne Crouch 25-20.
The final was yet another game of quality bowls with both players competing neck and neck until the final stages where Val managed to pick up a four to lead 24-20 and hold on to close out the win. The final score was 25-20. Val now moves on to the group playoffs in June.
2014 BCiB State Carnival
The 85th BCiB State Carnival has wrapped up in the Shoalhaven area, with an awesome foursome from Merrylands taking out the 2014 title.
New Zealand international Val Smith was joined by Betty Herbertson, Jan Rolph and Cheryl Gillard in the winning side from Merrylands, who beat the composite side of Lindy Lawson, Chris Keep, Julie Fuller and Bronwyn McPherson in a closely fought final.
Val Smith Player Profile
Name: Val Smith
Place of Birth: Christchurch, NZ – Lived in Nelson, NZ for 40 years
Occupation: Ladies Bowls Coordinator, Merrylands Bowling Club
Previous Occupation: Gardener
Marital Status: Partner to Charlie Edgarton
Interests: Most sports, reading, movies, music, socialising with friends
Education: University Entrance, Trade Certificate in Amenity Horticulture and Gardening, Diploma in Applied Fitness
Years Playing Bowls: 22
2003 Debut for New Zealand
2014 World Championship silver medal in singles and pairs
2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal in singles
2010 Australian Open winners in triples
2008 World Championship gold medal in singles and pairs
2004 World Championship bronze medal in triples
Various medals in all disciplines in Asia Pacific Games and 6 and 8 Nation events
Competed in 11 Trans-Tasman series
3 National (NZ) titles
Represented Nelson for 17 years
Other Achievements: Represented Nelson in 8 sports
Australian Champion of Pairs Champions 2013
The more the merrier
Club Merrylands duo Farrell and Herbertson claim National Champion of Champions trophy
Club Merrylands duo Kerry Farrell and Betty Herbertson have attained the 2013 National Champion of Champions women's pairs title after downing Western Australian golden girls Rechelle Cole and Kristina Krstic at Ascot Park, South Australia this morning.
Farrell and Herberston were quick to draw first blood in the wet and windy conditions offered up in the Festival State this morning, a stark contrast to the glistening sunshine on display during yesterday's three gold medal matches, pinching 4 shots over the opening two ends before the Manning Memorial pair burst to life and put a holt on their progress.
With the harsh elements proving troublesome and making big counts hard to come by midway through proceedings, it was Farrell and Herbertson who adjusted to the conditions quicker, with four ends of 3 shots over six ends providing them with some breathing room and a large enough margin to secure victory without scoring on the penultimate and final end, 19-17.
"It was a real struggle right from the word go," Herbertson said after sealing her fate.
"Three bowl pairs is a pretty hard game, I don't think I have ever played it before in my life really but we managed to get through and it's a real thrill to have Kerry on board, it was her first state title, when we won the NSW state title, and now its her first national title so it's a huge accomplishment.
"I've been around for a long time so I've won a few myself and while I'm still competitive I'm not going to give the game away.
"You have to play with a decent player in your club pairs now where you didn't have to do that before, we played Julie Keegan and Claire Turley in the final of our state and that was a magnificent game so we were thrilled to get through that one, let alone these ones, and we're really wrapped to be winners of the National Champion of Champions."
Asked whether she would commence the process of defending her new title next year, Herbertson said she would instead begin afresh with a new partner in order to help another Club Merrylands' team-mate catch the eye of state selectors.
"I've organised to play with another lady next year, I went in the club pairs with Kerry in the hope that I could get her state game, and I reckon she is played well assured of a state game now, so I'm playing with someone else in the club event next year to give another person a chance and hopefully I can do well with her."
Bowls is Fun for Everyone..............
Merrylands Bowling Club is proud of its wonderful bowls tradition and accomplishments, we appreciate that not everyone who bends the knee wants to play in representative or social competition.
One of the great things about Bowls is that it's a game for the whole family. A game for people from 8 to 80 - there is no limit.
Taking up Bowls is easy: you start out as a social members, get six free lessons, enjoy a couple of "roll-ups" to play and your on your way to becoming a full bowling member for just $39 Women and $54 for Men.
For more information on how you can get involved in this great game, contact the Bowls Office, on 9682 8018.
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Associated Bowls Websites:
www.rnswba.org.au www.bowls-aust.com.au www.womensbowlsnsw.org.au
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