Howes takes aim at Victorian title

Bowler down to last 16 in novice singles

BENDIGO East lawn bowler Brooke Howes hopes the run of the green will be kind to her when she lines up at the women's novice singles state titles on Sunday.

The 25-year-old will represent the Bendigo and Campaspe region in the event at the Benalla Bowls Club, having made it down to the last 16 competitors.

She is drawn to play Rosie Hickman, from the Ballarat Memorial club, in the first knock-out round.

Howes said she knew nothing at all about her rival. 

"My strategy will depend on what green I am playing on," she said. "There are two carpet greens and two grass greens and they play very differently.

"We have a two-end roll-up to get to know the green first, then I'll see how I go from there."

Howes, a former swimmer, is only in her third year of the sport. But she comes from a long line of lawn bowlers dating back to her great-grandfather.

Her parents, Geoff and Susan, play and are involved at Bendigo division level, and she met partner Nick Davies on the green.

Despite her inexperience, Howes shows great promise and bowls in ladies division one pennant on Mondays and mixed division four pennant on Saturdays.

When Bendigo East's division one women made the state titles last season, she was selected in the team that narrowly missed the final.

This season, she won through to these novice singles state titles by defeating four newcomers from the Bendigo division then taking out the Campaspe region final in Rochester on December 1. 

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