WARRNAMBOOL Tenpin Bowling Association’s latest champions are two pin rattlers who have spent time away from the sport.
Sherene Sheen and Peter Dowlin bowled their way into the history books with victories in the 2013 Leo Kenshole Memorial handicap tournament.
Sheen, 50, defeated Sharon Gore in the women’s decider at the Timor Street centre on Sunday, while Dowlin upstaged David Altmann in the men’s decider.
Both bowlers had to defeat their opponents twice in the final because Gore and Altmann, who entered the deciders unbeaten, used their right to re-challenge.
Tournament rules stipulate a bowler is only eliminated after two defeats, giving those with perfect records a double chance in the final.
Sheen celebrated her third win in the tournament, although her previous two came more than a decade ago, in 1996 and 1997.
Her triumph caps off a successful return to the sport after a two-year hiatus.
“I just had a period of time when I lost the fun side of it. There was a lot of politics and seriousness involved,” she said.
“I had lost that desire to play. Now I’ve come back, my main aim is to have some fun.
“Whatever happens, happens. That’s the attitude I took into the tournament as well and it seems to have paid off.”
Sheen, who played off a handicap of 40, bowled four games over 200 and finished with a scratch average of 189.25.
She put the result down to stamina and focus.
“When you bowl quite a number of games, you can get tired and lose your focus,” she said.
“One thing my husband (Steven) has instilled in me is get the ball down the line, not into the lane.
“He’s been a fantastic support for me over the years.”
Dowlin, 53, said he was rapt with his first victory in the tournament, having produced his best games of the day in the final.
He finished with four games over 200, including a 266 in the final replay, and finished with a scratch average of 183.71.
“I wasn’t really confident. He’s the number one bowler in Warrnambool at the moment,” Dowlin said of Altmann.
“I had to pull out a couple of big games in the end. I was never confident.”
Dowlin, whose son Michael was the 2012 champion, regularly bowled when he was in his early 20s before giving the sport away.
He picked up his career four years ago and was runner-up in the same tournament two years ago.
“I didn’t start well. I fell over the line a couple of times against other bowlers. I was pretty lucky to get to the final,” he said.