Pair keep it in the family with win at Warrnambool ladies' lawn bowls competition

LALOR mother and daughter combination Gayle and Brooke Edwards needed little time to adjust to the Warrnambool Bowls Club greens, winning its annual ladies’ pairs competition yesterday.

The first-time entrants won their six matches, narrowly edging out fellow Lalor bowler Carla Odgers and Kyneton’s Chloe Stewart for the top prize.

The Edwards duo, who play premier Tuesday pennant and division one Saturday pennant, finished two shots clear in first.

Gayle said the undefeated run didn’t come without its scares.

“It was hard work, every game was hard,” she said yesterday.

“We only had one really close game, which was one shot difference.

“Otherwise it was comfortable, it wasn’t easy but we were in control.”

Gayle said they were aware of the down-to-wire finish.

They finished their final game at the same time as Odgers and Stewart completed theirs.

“We played a legend in our last game — Margaret Sumner, she’s a world champion,” Gayle said.

“It was a hard, hard game. 

‘‘We won by eight.”

Gayle said the Warrnambool tournament left a lasting impression.

“We get invited every year but we’re unable to attend because it’s our state games during this period,” she said.

“The region changed the date for us so we were able to come.

“We thoroughly enjoyed it. 

‘‘We only came down here because we know Kellie Bowles.

“She’s a very good friend.

“I would recommend this for anyone to come down to. 

“The food is unbelievable. 

‘‘Everything is run so perfectly.

“It is one of the best, well run tournaments we’ve been to.”

The annual competition attracted 28 pairs from across the state.

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