End game in sight as Agnes, 90, looks to retire

AT the grand age of 90, Agnes Poole is considering drawing her competitive lawn bowls career to a close.

And as she lines up for South Bendigo's division four team in the midweek pennant finals, Agnes hopes she can bow out on a winning note.

"That would be lovely for an old girl like me," she said, as the team prepares for a preliminary final after losing to Castlemaine in the first semi-final on Monday.

Agnes is no stranger to success - last year she teamed up with John Knott to take out her club's mixed pairs event and she has won various other titles during her time.

But now, she said, it was time to retire. She is still feeling the effects of a horrific 2007 car accident that left her on life support in the Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious leg injuries, multiple facial fracture and broken ribs.

"I have played lawn bowls since I was 45 and I will be 91 in April, so I reckon I have done a pretty good job.

"But I'm still having trouble with my leg and my back from the accident - it gets numb in my toes and fingers - so I've decided this will probably be my last year."

Agnes played softball and tennis in her younger days and took up lawn bowls after her husband started.

"I have loved every game of bowls I have played," she said. "Every day I play, I just go out and enjoy it. I'll probably pay my fees next season so I can go and have a little game on social days, or if the team needs a fill-in every now and then."

South Bendigo's division four midweek pennant team plays its preliminary final next Monday, February 24.

More midweek pennant photos are at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au

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