Benalla bowler Kerri Leask is a Victorian bowls champion after a sterling performance at a state-wide championship.
Leask, of the Benalla Bowls Club, and her partner Mary Tragardh from Yackandandah Bowls Club, won the Victorian State Pairs Championship last week.
Held in Bendigo, Leask and Tragardh made short work of Yarrawonga’s Rusti Davies and Sarah Smith in the first round, seeing them progress to the second round, which was also the quarter-finals.
The Ovens and Murray composite team took on Wimmera’s Isobel Davison and Edna Anderson.
The game was decided by just two points, with Leask and Tragardh taking the win 17-15.
The semi-final matched the Ovens and Murray pair with Bendigo Campaspe’s Margot Brennan and Margaret Knight.
This game again was close, decided by a point — with Leask and Tragardh coming out victors 17-16.
The final was played on Anzac Day against Gippsland’s Gail McKenzie and Lucy Dalli.
Leask said the Ovens and Murray side started strongly, but the Gippsland side fought back.
‘‘(We) got out to a great start for a 13-0 score, then the opposition started to come back at us,’’ Leask said.
‘‘The game proceeded to a 16-4 lead and the final score was 22-16 at the completion of the 18th end.’’
It is not the first time Leask has attended the state championships, but it is the first time she has taken the title. Leask has won the Ovens and Murray state pairs on two occasions, as well as the state triples.
The quarter finals was her best result before last week’s win with Tragardh.
‘‘It’s a great achievement this year to have gone all the way to become the Victorian State Pairs Champions,’’ she said.
The pair will represent Victoria in the National Championships is November. That competition is being held in Merimbula, NSW.