Former Maryborough Services Bowls Club member Shiron Beavis has won the Tasmanian Open Pairs State Championship during her annual visit to the Apple Isle.
Former Maryborough Services Bowls Club member Shiron Beavis has won the Tasmanian Open Pairs State Championship during her annual visit to the Apple Isle. KARLEILA THOMSEN

Shiron started bowling barefoot

ENJOYING a beer and playing bowls barefoot – the pathway to becoming a state champion.

Well, that has been the case for Maryborough’s Shiron Beavis.

Just two years after starting playing the game for a bit of fun on Friday nights at the Maryborough Services Memorial Bowls Club, Beavis has rolled her way to becoming the best in ... Tasmania.

She’s now one half of the team that won the Tasmanian Pairs State Championship at South Burnie Bowls Club.

But how did a woman from Maryborough play her way to winning the Tasmanian title?

It seems the summer heat here plays a big role in that with Beavis and her husband Keith spending the summer months living on the Apple Isle.

While there, Shiron plays for the Ulverstone club and she and a club mate, Gail Thow, decided to have a go in the state titles – they didn’t expect to do well.

Both count themselves as novices, especially Thow because she’s only been playing the game for just over a year.

Despite the lack of experience, the duo didn’t were not about to get overawed.

They dropped just one game in the six they played to reach the finals and they were not about to give up then despite the pressure they found themselves under in the quarter finals, semi-final and final.

Beavis and Thow survived not one, not two, but three nail-biting tie-breaks before winning the title after beating the state bowling coach and her partner in the decider.

Although Beavis said she may have appeared to be as cool as cucumber during the final, she admitted that looks can be deceiving.

“It was a bit nerve wrecking I can tell you,” Beavis said.

“It’s still sinking in that we won it to be honest and I think it will take some time before it finally does.

“To go from playing bowls for a bit of a muck around to winning a state title is pretty surreal but it sure feels great though.”

Now the pair has won the Tasmanian title, they have won a chance to have a shot at winning the national title in November.

Beavis said she couldn’t wait to do that.

“Imagine if we won that as well,” she laughed.

“That would be real fairytale stuff wouldn’t it?”



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