For Mooroopna Bowling Club’s Stacey Collier and Marg Anderson, the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division Champion of Champions pairs title won on Wednesday has special significance for a number of reasons.
The victory at Shepparton Park took more than 10 hours of superior bowling against some of the competition’s best players, all while the duo cemented a strong personal relationship during the club and division levels of the tournament.
Collier, 36, and Anderson, 84, represent the youngest and oldest female bowlers at Mooroopna respectively, and had plenty to celebrate after defeating Shepparton Golf’s Jo Crowe and Kris Wright 16-15 in the decider.
‘‘It was a huge day, we weren’t expecting to play the final (that) night, but were glad we did in the end,’’ Collier said.
‘‘We started our first game at 9am and got off the green at 10 past seven that night.
‘‘Marg and her late husband have been very good supporters of me since I started bowling and we’ve been family friends for many years.
‘‘To win with her, someone who’s been a great supporter of me for over 20 years, is pretty special.’’
The duo did not plan to play the club pairs event together, but when both were without partners leading into the tournament Collier took matters into her own hands.
‘‘I have had about two years off bowls, so coming into it I didn’t have a partner,’’ Collier said.
‘‘I asked Marg if she did and when she said no I told her we were playing together.
‘‘After we played the first game I realised that we were the youngest and oldest (female) members of the club.’’
Collier is enjoying her return, having played at the Victorian Open with her son Bailey Leask in November, and felt it helped her remain calm in close clashes.
‘‘I’ve got no pressure on me now, when I was younger I felt a lot of pressure to do well,’’ Collier said.
‘‘Now I can just get out on the green and bowl and if you bowl well it (the result) doesn’t really matter.’’
Collier and Anderson defeated Tatura pair Dot Best and Freda Clement 20-10 in the quarter-final and Shepparton Park’s Marika Armstrong and Brenda Brodie 10-9 after an extra end in the semi-final before claiming the title.
‘‘It was just a really good day,’’ Collier said.