CITY Memorial's Moira Cooknell says she is immensely proud to represent her club as it hosts one of the biggest events in its history.
The Warrnambool-based club is hosting the prestigious 2020 State Champions Week, an event normally held at Bendigo. Over 450 players have descended on the city to play under the club's dome on Cramer Street.
The 61-year-old featured in the women's fours on Sunday with her City Memorial teammates Pauline Burleigh, Julie Dosser and Kate Lloyd.
The Western District Bowls Division representatives were eventually beaten by a composite team from Strzelecki on the first day of the championships.
On Monday Cooknell teamed up again with Burleigh, her mid-week and Saturday pennant skipper, in the women's over 60 pairs.
The pair ended up going down to Central Victoria pair Jenny Harman and Elizabeth Kierce 19-9.
Cooknell, who has played bowls for 10 years after her husband Ray introduced her to the sport, said she was proud to represent her club and gave everything in games she played at the tournament.
"It's fantastic. It's great for us because not only are we comfortable on the greens but we also have the support of the crowds, which is important," she said.
"Everyone loves it (the venue). Everyone is very, very pleased to be playing here. Most haven't played here before, as they are coming from all over Victoria, but they are thrilled with the venue."
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Cooknell, who is making her state championship debut, said it was a terrifying and exciting experience to play against some of the state's best players.
"It is a new experience and you are bowling against people who are state champions and played for Australia. It's nerve-wrecking," she said.
Koroit's Les Johnson and Wayne Cooper played a draw after 18 ends on Sunday before bowing out of the tournament in a sudden-death end, losing on the last bowl of the game.
Fellow Koroit bowlers Blackie Lenehan, Peter Daly and Scott Boschen tackle the triples competition on Tuesday.
Dennington's Sheridan Barling (women's singles) and City's Neil Crisp (men's singles) will play on Wednesday.
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