Golden girl takes control

Kira Bourke with mum Debbie and stepdad Steve after the presentations. 171038

Ocean Grove recruit and junior star Kira Bourke almost stole the show on the Gold Coast last week as she took on Australia’s best under 18 players competing for the Tweed Heads Junior Gold Nugget.
Kira opened up with a convincing 24-12 win in game one but came up against a red hot Jessie Cottell from Qld in game two going down 10-22.
Any chance of progressing to the quarter final rested on a win in game three and Kira stole the show with a dominating 28-7 victory.
The 21-shot margin was enough to secure her the second ranking in the section going into the quarter finals.
Facing off against the winner of section one Kate Matthews from NSW, Kira took control to advance to the semi-final which earned a rematch against Cottell who had got the better of her the previous day.
In bowls a day can be a long time and it proved that as Kira turned around the result and entertained her entourage of Ocean Grove supporters with quality bowling to defeat Cottell and advance to the final with a 21-15 win.
Unfortunately unable to find her level of consistency she would have liked in the final, Kira battled against a red hot Louise Cronin from Sydney’s powerhouse club Taren Point going down 7-21.
It was a remarkable effort for a 14-year-old to make the junior nugget final and walk away a silver medallist and a tremendous learning curve which she will relish the experience.

Lorraine Kirk and Matt Flapper have won the Indoor Bowls Club Championship for 2017.
A great day was held at Leopold where 16 entrants did battle in the ladies’ event while 14 battled it out for the men’s crown. Matt defeated Alf Vella in the final while Lorraine finished ahead of Mary Duffield.

Former footballers, cricketers, netballers and tennis players who have always had that competitive edge and are now looking for the next challenge, or anyone else who is looking to take up a new sport, are invited along to Ocean Grove Bowling Club.
The greens are open to all on Friday 29 September from 10am to 4pm.
Come along, grab a snag, have a beer and try bowls.
The club’s volunteer coaches will give tips to get new players started.
Ocean Grove encourage all ages from as young as 12 up to current pennant players into their 90s.

This is a chance to receive 5000 Diamond Rewards points.
Any Ocean Grove full member that introduces and signs up a new bowler not previously affiliated with any club receives 5000 points.
Simply introduce a new bowler to the club between 1 July and 1 October 2017 for the reward. Bring them along to the Try Bowls Day on Friday 29 September.

The inaugural season of the Bellarine Indoor Bowls competition is drawing to a close with the grand final being played this week.
Four clubs involved with Ocean Grove, Clifton Springs, St Leonards and Leopold have ensured the success of the first season with more than 64 competitors taking to the mats each week.
Ocean Grove Silver will meet Leopold Green in the decider while the consolation event will be battled out between Clifton Springs Brown and St Leonards.
Congratulations go to St Leonards Julie Candy and Ocean Grove’s Matt Flapper for their victories taking out the first Bellarine Champion of Champions titles.