Shepparton Park skipper Di Hands already boasted three Goulburn Valley State Triples crowns and, as of yesterday, also counted a fours title among her spoils.MARC MCGOWAN December 21, 2012 4:15am
Shepparton Park’s Di Hands offers some advice to her teammates as Kyabram skipper Jenni Dixon watches.
Shepparton Park skipper Di Hands already boasted three Goulburn Valley State Triples crowns and, as of yesterday, also counted a fours title among her spoils.
Hands joined triples partners Cathy Dudley and Kate Bush, as well as another clubmate in Brenda Brodie, to beat Jenni Dixon’s Kyabram quartet 23-6 in a lopsided final at Mooroopna Bowls Club.
Dixon’s rinkmates included Judy Jarvis, Lois Ferguson and Dossie Grills.
‘‘It’s our first time for the fours and the field was so small, but you still have to get through,’’ Hands said.
‘‘All the good players were still in it.
‘‘We were a bit disappointed not getting through in the triples, but we didn’t play well enough and Jenni did a good job.
‘‘They’re the triples winners and we’re the fours.’’
The teams were locked at one shot apiece through two ends and Hands was just two shots ahead four ends later before the Parkers went on a match-winning 13-1 burst that ended the game as a contest.
Hands’ team never offered Dixon’s crew a chance.
All of Kyabram’s six shots were singles, whereas the Shepparton Park side had a five, two threes, five twos and two ones in its total.
Dudley had back-to-back touchers on the 14th end to counter a shot-holding Jarvis bowl and then corrected a wayward opening bowl on the next end to snatch shot when Kyabram was holding two.
Dixon managed to overturn Dudley’s effort on the 15th end, but still it was only one shot.
Hands put an exclamation point on the victory when Kyabram was again holding two shots on the 16th end.
She trailed the kitty for two shots of her own before pushing a third into the count to finish the final two ends early.
It was a reversal of fortunes for Hands, who lost last year’s Goulburn Valley State Fours decider 26-13 to Mooroopna skipper Willy Graus.
‘‘They just played brilliant bowls last year, but we managed to knock them off (in sectional play on Wednesday),’’ Hands said of Graus’ foursome.
‘‘We won by nine or 10 shots and that got us over the line, because we lost to Jean (Sprague, of Rushworth) by three, but they’d lost their first one by one to Willy.’’
Hands, Dudley, Brodie and Bush will contest the Central Goulburn Murray State Fours at Seymour on Sunday, January 27, when Kyabram’s Dixon, Jarvis and Grills will contest the same stage in the triples.
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