THERE is plenty of bowls left in Dennington Red player Lorraine Shaw.
“I plan to keep playing until I drop,” Shaw said with a laugh.
Shaw, 71, has been playing bowls for the past 24 years and has built an impressive list of achievements.
At the top of that list is seven club single championship titles at Dennington.
It is a club she has a strong attachment to.
“I have played here for all but three seasons,” she said.
“I went to play at Warrnambool for those three years but my heart was still at Dennington so I came back.”
While Shaw has been a high achiever on the bowls green, she also loves the social side of the game.
She said bowls plays an important part in her life.
“I live by myself so it gets me out of the house and meeting people,” she said.
“As well as Tuesday pennant, I also play pennant on Saturdays and social bowls on Wednesdays.
“Opening up the Tuesday pennant to the men has been a great idea for the smaller clubs like us.
“If it was still just women, we wouldn’t have enough players for division one and two teams.”
Shaw said playing Saturday pennant has helped her bowls.
She said bowls is a challenging sport.
“I would love to meet the person who invented bowls, I would have a thing or two to say to them,” she said with a laugh.
“I think I am still playing as well as ever, today I had a good day. But there are other days when I struggle so it is a tough game to master.”
Shaw and her Dennington Red teammates went down to City Memorial Gold 72-56 in round four of Western District Bowls Division Midweek Pennant on Monday.
It was a re-match of last season’s grand final with the result going the same way.
“I thought overall we did a good job, they are the reigning champions,” Shaw said.
“We had a couple of players out so that made it a bit more difficult.”
The rink Shaw skippered had a see-sawing dual with City Memorial Gold’s Kaye Maddern skippered rink. Going into the last end, scores on the rink were 21-21 with City Memorial Gold scoring two to win by that margin.
Another rink was also closely fought, with City Memorial Gold winning 22-21, while the final rink was the telling one, Dennington Red losing 27-14.