Denise?s form is still yet to peak
By GREG WHITE
Rather than select a highlight from her winning streak during 2005, Coffs Ex-Services bowler Denise Peake picks a losing final from 1999 as her best result.
"Runner up in the Autralian Fours," she said.
"We lost the final but reaching that level was a huge thrill."
As part of a gold-plated quartet from the middle of town, Peake has carried all before her this year.
She teamed with Janice Schiemer to win the club pairs after rolling Janice in the singles.
With the same bowler, she joined Nancy Baker and Barbara Pearson to claim the club fours.
"It wasn't totally an undefeated season," Peake was quick to point out.
"I could only manage runner up in the triples."
There was one other club crown Peake went close to winning.
"Judy Monks was too good in the Consistency Singles," she said.
"It wasn't a championship event so I can't take all the credit for that one."
From the time she took up bowling 15 years ago, Peake and success have been soul mates.
"Basketball was my main sport but the concrete courts in Narrabri were no good for the knees," she explained.
"I tossed up between golf and bowls for a new pastime and as my husband played bowls, it won.
"From the time I started playing I loved it."
In that first season she won the club singles and was runner up at district level.
A move to Coffs Harbour followed in 1997 where she quickly found success as district singles champion, her biggest win to date.
"The rivalry is friendly but when you are out to win, there's no holding back when you represent," Peake explained.
"At top level, bowls can be a very selfish experience, just as it always is in elite sport.
"Hands are shaken when it's over but along the way the demands are you give it your best shot."
Give her best she did, when teaming with Schiemer and Baker to qualify in pairs and triples at the Australian Grand Prix event held at Moama.
Possibly, there was too much giving being done when the Coffs Ex-Services team took the State Headquarters Trophy from Wiseman's Park.
"The presentation ceremony was weird," she said.
"Nobody thought a country club could win and they started giving the prize to someone else.
"We eventually got our award, but for some strange reason, the trophy has since been abandoned."
No pun intended, Peake says her play is still to peak.
"Doing well this year means the pressure is on," she claimed.
"2006 is another question and I feel I can perform even better."