Illawarra’s representative women’s team want to make hosting rights count and win back the Anderson Irvine Shield against South Coast in the annual clash at Kiama Bowling Club on Friday.
South Coast took home the Shield with a 136-128 victory last year at Ulladulla BC in one of the closest contests in many years.
Both teams won four rinks each and Illawarra are desperate to claim back the silverware which has been played for between the neighbouring associations since 1966.
The Shield was formed by Ethel Anderson and Ivy Irvine following the separation of the two associations, with both officials keen for a match between Illawarra and South Coast to be played annually.
Since 1972, Illawarra have won the Shield on 26 occasions with South Coast enjoying 16 victories, while four contests have been washed out.
“It’s a great occasion for the District and I’m sure everyone in Illawarra wants us to win back the Shield,’’ said Kaye Taylor, the Illawarra District chair of the match committee.
The Shield format is Fours with both teams to nominate 32 bowlers who are divided into eight strong rinks.