65 to compete in Black Douglas
AUSTRALIA’S best female bowlers will roll up to the South Tweed Sports Club on Monday seeking to take out the $10,000 Ladies Black Douglas Singles for Masters in its 20th year.
This year’s field of 65 bowlers is littered with past champions and Australian representatives, but a group of underdog South Tweed ladies aren’t counting themselves out.
Norma Munns, Sally Hickman, Jenny Blyth, June Munn, Ellen Joselin, Lolita Treasure, Ann Maree Purt and Sheila Cancillier will fly the flag for the home club.
Munns, a two-time semi-finalist at the event, said the road to the finals was a tough one. “It definitely is because there are so many rep players and most of us have only really been playing at club or district level,” she said.
The representative players include two-time and defending champion Karen Murphy and Australian representative Kelsey Cottrell who won the Black Douglas in 2007 and was last year’s runner-up.
They will be joined by other national players, including Sharyn Renshaw, Julie Keegan, Lynsey Armitage, Anne Johns and debutante South Australian Penny Landherr and all up, the field includes six former winners.
But you can’t rule out Hickman, a district champion, or Blyth and Joselin who won the ladies Queensland state pairs crown this week.
According to Munns, the Black Douglas has a physically and mentally demanding schedule and she wasn’t looking beyond the opening round, which is the most demanding.
“I will just play each game as it comes ... that is what it is all about, hopefully I can win a section, and go from there.”
Blyth and Joselin will carry their good pairs form into next week but they said it wouldn’t count for a lot in singles.