Midlands bowling veteran Alison Slee aims for BDBD pennant flag

SHE’S been bowling for 35 years, but Midlands’ Alison Slee is yet to taste ultimate success in the Ballarat District Bowls Division’s highest pennant level.

Slee, 67, started bowling at the tender age of 32 and has spent the past 13 seasons at the Midlands Bowling Club after making the transition from Ararat in 2001.

During her time at Midlands she has seen the women’s midweek one side move up through the ranks from division three, but is yet to win a division one pennant flag.

“I’ve been part of two division two pennant titles and one division three pennant title side – back when we were moving our way up the ladder,” Slee said.

“I haven’t won a division one pennant title yet, so that’s an obvious ambition of mine.

“We’re just out of the four and while we probably won’t make finals, we’re not going to be relegated.

“This is our third season back in the division, and it’s been satisfying to be a skipper in a side that has come so far.”

Slee has been a past club champion at Midlands, winning the title in her first year at the club, and has also spent two years in the president role before moving onto the general committee.

She has also represented Victoria in 1991 at the Australian Bowls Carnival.

Before she joined Midlands, Slee spent five years at Ballarat City and won two pennant flags before the club closed down.

Midlands, currently seventh on the ladder, has a hard road home this pennant season.

The team lost to Central Wendouree’s A side last week, but had a strong 74-59 win over Daylesford in round 16 yesterday.

Midlands faces Creswick and Mt Xavier in the final two rounds of the season.