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Skipper Nowosad has a spring in her step

Kyabram skipper Mia Nowosad is enjoying a fine season on the rinks in division one of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division's midweek pennant.

MATTHEW GALEA January 29, 2014 4:15am

Mia Nowosad has had a breakout season as skipper for Kyabram.

It has been a general rule for Kyabram during this season’s division one Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant season that if Mia Nowosad doesn’t win, neither does Kyabram.

Thankfully for Kyabram, Nowosad doesn’t lose often.

The Kyabram skipper has been one of the league’s most improved skips this season, winning eight of her 12 games and the former Stanhope player is enjoying her bowls more than ever.

‘‘I absolutely love it at Kyabram,’’ Nowosad said.

‘‘I enjoy the competition and I actually relish and look forward to every Tuesday when I can get off work and go and play bowls.

‘‘I work four days a week and I only take the one day off to play bowls because I love the game and I have a real passion for the game. I’m always listening intently to the great players at the club and if they give me advice I always listen and take it in.’’

Nowosad put her hand up to skip ahead of last season following some tough times at the club and, while last season proved a bit of a struggle, she has really come into her own in her second season.

‘‘There was a little bit of internal turmoil and I offered my services,’’ Nowosad said.

‘‘I actually have a very good team this year and a very balanced team.

‘‘We go out there to have a great time and to enjoy being together, but also to win; we never go out looking to do anything but win.’’

They rarely disappoint on that front too, with only four losses from 12 games, three of which have come in games where Kyabram has failed to secure an overall win.

So what is Nowosad’s secret to being a good skip?

‘‘I always believe that you have to show compassion,’’ Nowosad said.

‘‘If anyone puts in a bad bowl, I don’t show any different face at all, because I know that it’s not their best and because I know that I can put in a bad bowl too sometimes.

‘‘I’ve probably improved most in how I read the head, because I’m one of those that if I haven’t got the shot when I have to bowl, I’ll find some way of getting it.

‘‘I still have a lot to learn, especially that when I give away shots it has to be a minimal amount.’’

The 63-year-old Tongan has been playing the game on and off during the past 15 years, having gone through some hard times following the loss of her son and her husband, but has come into her own at Kyabram, thanks in large part to what she picked up at Stanhope.

‘‘I will say that Kyabram have got the best of what I learnt at Stanhope,’’ Nowosad said.

‘‘I have a good feeling about this year though, I think we have three very good teams and I reckon we can get to the grand final.’’

Nowosad has played in three losing grand finals as a third and a second with Kyabram, but she has high hopes this season can end in premiership glory.

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