St Johns Park lawn bowler wins coveted singles at bowls

LAWN bowler Anne Johns strived to win the Australian Open women's singles title many times.

But, while she had won three national triples titles, the coveted singles medal eluded her.

But she never gave up.

Always more determined than ever, she has finally broken through to win the title that she craved for so long.

The St Johns Park Bowling Club member recently defeated Australian captain Lynsey Clarke, 21-19, in the final at Darebin City Bowls Club in Melbourne.

"I had played in the singles event seven or eight times and never won it," she said.

"You just have to keep working hard and you get there in the end.

"I never gave up on winning the title."

She said it was a great moment in her career.

The Scottish-born 33-year-old has played for Australia many times. She capped a remarkable tournament also winning the fours event, partnering fellow St Johns Park clubmate, Kelsey Cottrell, along with Rebecca Van Asch and Lynsey Clarke.

Johns has now won five Australian women's titles, three triples, the fours and the singles.

She hasn't given up on trying to make the Australian team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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