Moama Bowling Club’s Margot Brennan became a state pairs finalist last week during the competition’s decider at Rochester.
She teamed up with Rochester’s Marg Knight for the Campaspe Valley Division state pairs event having played in the tournament together for quite some years.
In 2008 the team made it all the way to the Victorian state finals in Albury and Knight said they had been trying to replicate the same achievement ever since.
‘‘We were fortunate to get the chance to play against the winners of the Bendigo region again after Monday,’’ Knight said and will head to Bendigo in early February 2017 for the state fours and pairs.
‘‘You do well just to make it to the state finals and any victory after that is a bonus,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s always the aspiration to play the best you can on the day, but you can only play as well as the opposition allows you.’’
And the opposition didn’t allow much room for error when play commenced the past Monday.
The semi-final against Deniliquin’s Jill Grimshaw and City of Echuca’s Veronica Kelly went down to the final bowl from Kelly which could have changed the final 18-13 score dramatically.
Knight and Brennan were winners of the match which set them up for the final against Moama’s Laurelle Smith and Lola Williams.
The eventual champions were outplayed for 14 of the 18 ends and were down 6-15 with four ends remaining.
‘‘How quickly things can change,’’ Knight said.
Knight and Brennan combined well to pick up 11 shots in the following two ends and earned an extra two shots on the final end to take their total to 19.
The pair from Moama only scored another two shots with Knight and Brennan holding on to claim the win 19-17 in an entertaining, highly skilled game of bowls.
‘‘Like in all sport you never give up,’’ Knight said.
‘‘We were well and truly down but we never gave up and hung in there.
‘‘You just don’t know what will happen and it was really nice to get the win in the end.’’
Knight said more often than not you lose a game of bowls than you win and added she was fairly laid back when it came to playing.
‘‘It’s great to come away with the win, but mostly I enjoy the game,’’ she said.
‘‘Nerves never really impact me and both Margot and I have been playing for a number of years now.’’
With the CVD state singles to be played next month, Brennan has the chance to secure a second title this season in what should be some competitive rounds of bowls.