Goulburn Valley Bowls Division defended the Shirley Sinclair Shield in style yesterday.
Women from the GVBD, Central Bowls Division and Murray Bowls Division took to Shepparton Park’s greens for the seventh annual Shirley Sinclair Trophy Day, and it was the host division which came out on top when the dust settled.
Six rinks from each respective outfit played two matches each across the day, with total shots added up at the end of proceedings to determine the victor.
After taking a 19-shot lead into the lunch break, the local division was never headed, compiling 197 shots for the day to comfortably defeat the Murray (138 shots) and Central (133) squads.
The triumph was Goulburn Valley’s fourth from seven outings in the format, and came after wrestling the shield back from Murray’s hands last season.
Di Hands’ rink was named the best of the day with 40 shots for and only 11 against, but had to oust fellow Parker Bev Cahill for the honour on a countback after the latter’s rink compiled an identical overall scoreline.
Sinclair herself — who was the original driver of the idea — was in attendance, and hoped the format would be supported for many years to come.
‘‘It’s a great day, it’s lovely,’’ Sinclair said.
‘‘This is the best format going around, and everybody who sees it (loves it).
‘‘It’s lovely to have all ladies on the green, it’s not very often they get to all go out together.’’