Phillips rolls on

NEWBOROUGH local Lisa Phillips was named player of the series at the lawn bowls Australian Sides Championship in Bendigo last week, helping Victoria win silver for the second consecutive year.

Played over four days, the ASC featured the top 12 male and female bowlers in the country, forming a star-studded smorgasbord for the national selectors in attendance.

Phillips acquitted herself well in the singles competition, but was unable to defend her title in the event and went down in the super sixes to South Australian Jackie Gardiner in the fifth/sixth playoff.

“I didn’t quite do as well as I expected but the people I played against bowled well,” she said.

The Clayton bowler regrouped to play a key role in Victoria’s campaign for the coveted Marj Morris Trophy, and helped defeat perennial favourites and eventual champions New South Wales in the round robin.

Phillips’ foursome knocked off world champion Karen Murphy’s team on their rink encounter during the championship.

Traditionally a singles bowler, Phillips said she enjoyed the team dynamic the ASC entailed.

“It’s really good to come to something like this, play with someone strong and against quality bowlers,” she said.

“It’s very important, you’re representing Victoria… you want to do well for your teammates and for yourself personally.”

The ASC pitted teams of 12 from each state against one another in fours competition across three rinks simultaneously.