Narembeen claims Ladies Carnival as locals named in Bowls WA dream teams

Jake Santa MariaMidwest Times
Some of the best female talent from around the State was on show at Wonthella.
Camera IconSome of the best female talent from around the State was on show at Wonthella. Credit: Julie Clark & Helen Miller

June carnivals are in full swing as Wonthella Bowling Club held its Ladies Carnival at the weekend while in Perth WA Bowls celebrated 125 years with some big honours for local players.

At Wonthella some of the best female players from around the State gathered to battle it out in fours matches across the greens on Saturday and Sunday.

While some teams stayed within their clubs many others were made up of players from across the bowls landscape.

But the winning team was an all-Narembeen squad as Marie Campbell, Anita Cowan, Kellie Mortimore and Miranda Noack claimed the carnival ahead of a mixed squad that had Wonthella locals Jill Dallas and Julie Clarke, who were the best performers on home turf.

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While the Ladies Carnival is wrapped up, the June Carnival at the Geraldton Bowling Club is heating up with the tournament to conclude on Thursday.

Away from the Geraldton greens, Bowls WA’s celebrated the end of the 2022-23 season at a gala dinner at Optus Stadium with various end-of-season awards handed out.

Mullewa’s Terry Koltasz was the joint winner of the official of the year award along with South Perth’s Ryan Havercroft.

It was also the celebration of Bowls WA’s 125th anniversary with men’s and women’s country and metro dream team 20s announced.

The teams were chosen by a selection panel with all players from 1970 onwards eligible for selection.

Geraldton bowls legend Lee Poletti made the final cut with one of the longest awards list of any eligible for selection.

But there were other local players who made the cut as Northampton’s Kaye Burton was named in squad along with former Dandaragan bowler Kathy Gobbart who now plays for Gingin.

While no men made the final squad Joe Criddle made it to the final 32 along with Wonthella’s Eddie Dodd, a sterling effort given the hundreds of players eligibal for selection.

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