GREEN MACHINE: Lawn bowler Jane Bush from Kawana Thunder has been in sparkling form.
GREEN MACHINE: Lawn bowler Jane Bush from Kawana Thunder has been in sparkling form. Brett Wortman

Broken but not bowed, Bush continues to win

NOT even a broken arm can halt the charge of Jane Bush.

The 55-year-old from Twin Waters believes she has played better than ever during the past season or so.

She was crowned the Sunshine Coast Championship player-of-the-year for 2013 and has started her 2014 campaign in remarkable style, winning the district fours title despite suffering a nasty fall last month.

"I slipped on the tiles at home and fell backwards," she said.

"If it had been my bowling arm I would have been absolutely devastated, so it's all right because it's on my left and I have managed to play."

Bush said she had quickly learned to accommodate with a few painkillers and a slightly different bowling action.

"It doesn't really affect how you're rolling them but it certainly affects your balance," she said.

The fours title was Bush's 11th district victory.

Last year she teamed up with Kawana club mate Carol Williams to reach the final of the Australian Open, where they were defeated by world champions Kelsey Cottrell and Lynsey Armitage.

"I think I am at my peak," she said.

"I really had a great year last year and I really did feel confident winning some big events with top players in them like the Helensvale Ladies Pairs (with Williams).

"So I really did feel like I was in great form and of course breaking my arm so early this year I was devastated but then last week I took out the district fours (with Willa Permpoon, Williams and Monika Duff) and I thought maybe it's not going to be too bad after all."

Bush relocated from England to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago after proving her dominance there in a different form of bowls, crown green bowling.

She reached the top of the sport, which involves a jack with bias and undulated greens.

"So to come over here to this (format) was a breath of fresh air because I wasn't very good at it initially and there were all these people who had been playing for years and they were all really good and that gave me a new challenge," she said.

Bush already boasts state crowns in triples and fours and she is eager to claim another Queensland title this year.

But she wasn't holding hopes of being selected in the state team.

"They're sort of bringing the younger kids through the sport now which is fine," she said.


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