PAULINE Proud almost became a British champion at the national finals at Leamington last weekend.
Having qualified to represent the IW in the over-55s singles, Ventnor player Pauline produced some scintillating bowls to reach the final.
Pauline is no stranger to the national finals, having reached the final once before three years ago.
This time around she beat a player from Huntingdonshire, 21-7, then a player from Somerset, 21-19.
In the quarters she beat an Oxford bowler 21-16, before overcoming Surrey’s Stephanie Elgar 21-20 in a thrilling semi-final.
However, she was halted in the final by Suffolk’s Moira Self, who won 21-12, a shame given her brilliant performances throughout the competition.
In other games, the fours’ team of Margaret Arnell, Maureen Lockyer, Shireen Augustus and Joyce Utteridge (Plessey) won one game against Suffolk, while the Warners’ triples’ team of Margaret Carrett, Ellie Barnes and Janet Green beat Nottinghamshire but lost in the next round to the eventual winners.
The over-55s pair of Shirley Stubbs (Shanklin) and Val Newton (Ventnor) won against Oxfordshire in the first round.