CITY Memorial lawn bowler Val Stewart is happy to pass her vast division one experience on to her new division three teammates.
Stewart, 74, has taken on a City Red rink this season, having stepped back from Western District Bowls Division’s top grade three years ago.
The former division one second had a stint in division two before another grade change this season.
Stewart, a bowls coach, said she was relishing her new challenge.
“Basically it is just being patient enough with them to learn,” she said.
“Coaches can show players where to put the mat and how to hold the jack, how to hold their bowls, how to deliver their bowls, but you can’t teach them pace.
“That is something they have to learn on their own.”
Stewart’s division one career is over but she expects to see some of her division three teammates push for the top grade in coming seasons.
“I think they will get better. They need time to improve,” she said.
“You can’t make a bowler in one season.
“The big thing about lawn bowls is there are all different levels.
“Some come along and decide all they want to do is play social bowls and that’s fine. Others come along and they practice and practice because they want to be in a pennant team and others set their sights higher for state selection. Everybody has their own levels.”
Stewart’s 28-year association with the sport started on the Dennington greens. A move to City Memorial reaped a dozen top-grade titles.
“Dennington at that time didn’t have a great deal of ladies and were struggling for a pennant team,” she said.
“Before I got too old I wanted to see if I could play in a higher division.
“I started off in division two and the ladies were kind to me and put me up into division one and I spent 14 years in division one. I think I was in 12 winning sides with City Memorial’s division one and I won a couple in division two and I am hoping for something this year in division three.
“I have been lucky. I was fortunate when I came here that I really was picked in good teams.”
Tuesday pennant resumes today following a round three washout.
Stewart’s City Red team plays Port Fairy Red in division three.
In the top grade, reigning premier Terang hosts City Memorial Blue and Timboon meets Port Fairy Gold, while City Memorial Gold faces City Memorial Green and Warrnambool Blue and Warrnambool Gold clash in intraclub battles.