Cherry Street women bowlers make the state finals
IN SPORT you have to take your chances when they come along - as the Ballina Cherry Street Women's Bowling Club can testify.
The club's team will line up against top players from across New South Wales at the forthcoming State Senior Fours Championships.
It has been a tough road to the titles for the side, which squeaked through the earlier district qualifier by a single point.
After helping her side then win the regional competition to qualify for next month's event at Forster-Tuncurry, team member Kay Huett said she was eagerly awaiting the next stage.
"I think we were happy - and relieved," she said.
"We were excited about qualifying for state, although I hope we don't have to play all of the good teams.
"It will be good to see how these good players play and the tactics they use.
"I'm really looking forward to it."
The side, comprising Shirley Baldwin (subbing Helen Tootell), Lesley Morgan and skipper Bernadette De Re, will line up alongside 15 other zones at the event.
It is an exciting time for the seaside club, with De Re, Morgan and Jan Rhodes also competing in next month's State Triples event as well.
Huett took up the sport about nine years ago after an elbow injury hampered retirement plans to play golf.
"I love the social side and the camaraderie of bowls," she said. "Cherry Street is such a friendly club.
"This is a team sport and the other girls are nice players and very supportive as well.
"I think it's good to be able to find a sport where you can compete at a reasonably high level."
"Hopefully we can play well."