O60 State Carnival | Pairs Wrap-Up

by Team BV

A full day of Men’s & Women’s Pairs in Sunny Cohuna and under the Riverside Dome…

The day started with a last thirty-two round in both the men’s and women’s events. As the day progressed and knockout rounds dashed the hopes of many, plenty stayed on to watch, with CluBarham a hive of activity by midday. Some chose to stay cozy and warm inside looking out, some watched the streamed rink on the big screen in the clubhouse, while the rest preferred the rinkside atmosphere out under the dome.

Luke Hoskin from Bendigo Bowls Shop at their pop-up shop during the Carnival.

In the women’s field, the last sixteen round sent a few local favourites home as we said goodbye to two Moama teams, Bendigo, Echuca and the popular and impressive Cohuna/Leitchville pair, Alison Ainger & Roma Opie. It was the Bendigo East pairing of Helen Clough & Judy Davey who took out their Bendigo/Bendigo South neighbours, Mary Rowley & Val White.

The Quarter Finals were all excellent matches, with Clough/Davey and Anderson/Brennan (Warracknabeal/Chalambar Golf) both claiming one-shot victories. The Semi-Finals saw two Pairs really shine, leading to what will be a fantastic Grand Final. The four finalists are all very accomplished women with many prior titles in the bag, and all will be hunting for a 2024 O60 State Pairs title:

Alison Hall & Denise Huender


Vicki Smith & Sheryl Atkinson
(Lilydale / Richmond Union)

The last thirty-two round in the men’s field was a mixed bag of close and not so close matches. With men from all over the State taking part, including teams from Clayton, Ocean Grove, Heywood, Mirboo North, Frankston, Morwell, to name just a few, the competition was fierce and varied. Distance was not getting in the way of a potential finals berth and a shot at a State title!

As the field went from thirty-two to sixteen, things started to get interesting as some of the more familiar names were knocked out. The Quarter finalists were made up of a majority of regional teams, and included some lesser known but high calibre talent.

It may have been experience that paid off at this stage of the competition, as many may be familiar with the finalists’ Pearce/Sliwinski and Perris/Young’s combined good form at recent events like the State Pennant Championships, Victorian Open and State Championships. We’re really looking forward to this Men’s Pairs showdown:

Mike Pearce & Stan Sliwinski
(Mt Eliza / Frankston)


Warren Perris & Chris Young
(Warrackanbeal / Chalambar Golf)

The Women’s Pairs Final will be streamed at approximately 11.30am on Sunday 26th May, live from CluBarham. A staggered start time will enable the latter part of the Men’s Pairs Final to also feature on the stream at the conclusion of the women’s match.

Follow the results in Bowlslink: https://bit.ly/BV2024O60Draw