Marie?s a master
WHEN Marie Owen defeated Isla Donkin 31-24 in the final, it was truly a case of the sorcerer's apprentice finally becoming the master in the Park Beach women's bowls singles Championships.
Owen had been trying for 13 years to win the coveted club title and through this period considered Donkon as her mentor, and why not?
Donkon had won the club's championship on many previous occasions and was the favorite to take out another title before the final started.
"It was a bit daunting playing against her," Owen admitted.
"But I just remembered everything that she had taught me and tried to keep my head and it worked."
The fact that Owen has won her first major title isn't saying that she has been a bowling slouch in the past but her bowls has gradually been improving of late to get Owen to her title winning form.
"I've definitely improved," she admitted.
"I've now got a lot more knowledge, commitment and patience for the game.
"The weight of the bowl is where I've improved the most I think. Weight is the biggest part of this game."
Even though the final margin was seven shots, at no stage did Owen consider the final was all locked up until the final bowl was rolled on the 32nd end.
"You see people who think they've got it won and then they fall in a heap," she said.
"All that does is make them look silly."
Owen admits that she is excited about the opportunities that await her now that she has a major title to her name.