Ballarat Gold takes home Lionel Clifton Shield in  bias bowls championships

Ballarat Gold claimed the Lionel Clifton Shield for overall victory in the Queen’s birthday long weekend inter-group indoor bias bowls championships.

Ballarat Gold finished on 131 points, 11 points clear of Warrnambool with Heytesbury and Northern Districts tying for third.

The overall victory was fuelled by successful rinks in the men’s fours, men’s triples and mixed fours categories while Ballarat Gold was runners-up in the women’s singles and women’s pairs.

The competition welcomed more than 260 players from nine associations across the state to Ballarat’s Ken Kay Badminton Stadium.

WINNERS

WOMEN’S SINGLES: R.Steer (Northern Districts)

MEN’S SINGLES: A.Finch (Heytesbury) 

WOMEN’S PAIRS: D.Carey and S.Cleeland (Colac) 

MEN’S PAIRS: B.Keane and S.Cashill (Warrnambool) 

WOMEN’S FOURS: S.Williams, M.Formica, C.Dunne and R.Dyer (Goulburn Valley)

MEN’S FOURS: M.Booth, S.Bromilow, B.Fothergill and D.Speechley (Ballarat Gold) 

WOMEN’S TRIPLES: H.Harney, D.Keane and J.Marney (Warrnambool) 

MEN’S TRIPLES: S.Lacy, J.Benney, R.Brehaut (Ballarat Gold) 

MIXED PAIRS: E.Kierce and J.Redfern (Ballarat Gold)

MIXED FOURS: S.Darken, E.Pitts, J.Wakeling, W.Pattie (Ballarat Gold)

IN MOTION: Ballarat bowler Norma Betteridge sends her bowl down the mat during Monday's action of the inter-group indoor bias bowls championships. Picture: Kate Healy

IN MOTION: Ballarat bowler Norma Betteridge sends her bowl down the mat during Monday's action of the inter-group indoor bias bowls championships. Picture: Kate Healy

OVERALL TOP FIVE

Ballarat Gold 131 points

Warrnambool 120 points

Heytesbury 108 points

Northern Districts 108 points

Goulburn Valley 99 points

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