Central Wendouree bowls quartet claims state title

CENTRAL Wendouree bowlers Heather Hopkinson, Julie Nimmo, Norma Betteridge and Elizabeth Kierce have tasted success at the Victorian Indoor Bias Bowls state fours championships.

Elizabeth Kierce, Norma Betteridge, Julie Nimmo and Heather Hopkinson are proving to be a strong fours combination.

Elizabeth Kierce, Norma Betteridge, Julie Nimmo and Heather Hopkinson are proving to be a strong fours combination.

The quartet defeated Eastern Suburbs 16-15 on an extra end in the final at Sunshine Bowling Club on Sunday.

In doing so, they became just the fourth victorious women’s Ballarat team at the state level format. Kierce said the result was a nice surprise, given that all four were relatively new to bowling with each other in fours.

“We combined pretty well,” Kierce said. “We haven’t bowled in this format too much.”

The Central Wendouree team also had wins over Northern Districts, Heytesbury and Southern Group at the championships. 

All four have been selected to contest the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Council National Championships at Mt Gambier in August. They will train twice at Sunshine in the lead-up to the titles, running from August 25-30. Nimmo, Betteridge and Kierce are also setting their sights on the state triples championships.

MEANWHILE, Sebastopol’s Graeme Seymour, Cherril Helmore, Heather Newman and Judy Earl have claimed the fours division of the Moama and Border Indoor Bias Bowls annual tournament.

The quartet won five out of a possible six games over the course of the prominent New South Wales tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

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