Benalla’s Kerri Leask represented the state at the recent 2017 Australian 60 and Over National Bowls Championships.
Held at Moonta Bowls Club and Wallaroo Bowls Club in South Australia recently, Leask and her Victorian side won against four states, and finished fourth overall.
‘‘We lost the first three games, which put us behind the eight ball initially,’’ Leask said.
‘‘We placed fourth all together and we played against all other states.’’
The side’s initial loss against eventual runners-up Western Australia, was followed up by a tight two-shot loss to winners Queensland, and a loss to Tasmania.
‘‘If we’d won that tight one against Queensland they wouldn’t have won the tournament and we would’ve handed it to Western Australia instead,’’ Leask said.
Victoria followed the loss with a win over rivals NSW, which Leask said was ‘‘particularly pleasing’’.
The team went on to also defeat South Australia, ACT and Northern Territory and place fourth.
‘‘I was very happy with my game at Wallaroo (BC) indoors, with no outside influences. In Moonta there was a howling wind as it was right next to water, which certainly made the games harder,’’ she said.
Leask said the tournament was great fun and overall the trip was enjoyable.
‘‘It was held on the western side of York Peninsula,’’ she said.
‘‘It was very outback and very isolated, and in Wallaroo there’s a lot of infrastructure going in there and a big port.
‘‘It’s strange because you’re basically in the outback and then out pops what the driver was saying is some of the best malting barley in the country.
‘‘Overall there was some good company and a good bunch of people.’’
Leask is now undergoing preparations for the Victoria Open.
‘‘I’m playing at Mooroopna in the singles and at Tongala for the Ladies Pairs. I think we’re at Shepparton East for the triples and Dookie for the mixed pairs,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m feeling like I’ve got a bit of form behind me now — we won two local Ovens and Murray titles last week which was good.’’