Shepparton Park bowler Shirley Raglus has maintained her cool in the heat to win Goulburn Valley Bowls Division's Champion of Champions title.HANNAH DRISCOLL January 17, 2014 4:10am
It was her first time as champion at Shepparton Park and Shirley Raglus was just determined to play some good bowls.
Yesterday, that attitude won Raglus her first Goulburn Valley Bowls Division’s Champion of Champions singles crown at her home club undercover in the sweltering conditions.
Raglus defeated Tatura’s Dot Best in the semi-final, 25-14, before downing East Shepparton’s Josie Michielin in the final, 25-16.
Michielin had defeated Rushworth’s Jean Sprague in their semi-final, 25-23.
‘‘It hasn’t sunk in yet. I didn’t think it would happen. That’s what I’m saying, anyone can do it. You just go from one game to the next,’’ Raglus, 80, said.
‘‘I never, ever aspired to get a Champion of Champions because now I will have to go fight someone else.
‘‘I just enjoy bowling to the best of my ability.’’
Raglus, a previous club champion at Rushworth, defeated the likes of Cathy Dudley, this season’s state 60-plus singles and pairs winner, and Sandra Wallace to win her maiden championship with the Parkers.
She won her first round match on Wednesday by six shots, then had a walkover to progress to the semi-final yesterday against her good friend Best, who got the jump on her.
Raglus said the key to the turnaround was finding her rhythm.
‘‘She got a good lead on me and I thought, I can’t disgrace the club, I’ve got to get up there and get a few shots and I finally got there,’’ Raglus said.
‘‘It wouldn’t have mattered who won, I was happy if I got some shots. That was all.
‘‘First thing in the morning I think you’re a bit slow, a bit lazy. It’s just a matter of focusing on what you’re doing, but you don’t panic because if you’ve done your homework your body should be all right and just keep chugging in there.’’
Michielin said the tournament was tough, but she was happy with how she bowled and to go one step further than last year.
She lost to Sprague in the semi-final last season.
‘‘She’s a lovely person to play against, you have fun with her, and you relax and she’s really good value,’’ Michielin said.
‘‘I just thought I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m just going to try and so I think I might have played my final this morning against her.
‘‘I did get a bit of a lead with Jean, but then she caught up, but with Shirley she led from the word go and I was playing catch-up, but she bowled beautifully.
‘‘She just played really, really well.’’
The match is to start at 6
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