Lawn bowler wins Australian Open singles title

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

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

But she never gave up.

Johns said she didn’t lose heart, she was more determined than ever.

The Middleton Grange woman has broken through to win the title that she craved for so long. The St Johns Park Bowling Club member recently defeated Australia 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,’’ Johns said.

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

‘‘I never gave up on winning the title.’’

The 33-year-old said it was a great moment in her career.

Scottish-born, Johns, 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.

Johns said she hasn’t given up on trying to make the Australian team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

‘‘Those players selected are in the box seat,’’ Johns said.

‘‘But you never know your luck.’’

Johns is a currently in the Australian A squad, a rung below the national women’s team.

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