Green makes the spares count for state championships
YVETTE Green has been bowling since she was two years old.
The years of practice have paid off, with her taking out this year's Female State Masters Champion.
During the long weekend in May, Green and her cheer squad of one, husband Robert, travelled to the Tenpin Bowling State Championships in Toowoomba.
Out of the 11 bowlers, Green made it to the top eight, where she battled out for the best of three matches.
"It was exciting," she said.
"I actually lost the first game so I had to win the next two to win.
"It was what it was and I got unlucky.
"I knew the shot was there, I knew my competitor was struggling, she was tired.
"I had been watching and keeping an eye on her, I knew I just needed to get the luck."
Green said the strike pattern for these games was harder than normal.
"I really needed to be accurate, which I like to think I am," she said.
"And you needed to be able to spare and that I can do.
"I made my first-ever state team on the basis that I can spare.
"Everyone thinks bowling is about strikes, and strikes are awesome, but if you can't spare what have you got.
"A spare is getting all the pins down in two shots - they are really important."
The champion bowler said she could not have won without her biggest supporter.
"Robert bowled every ball with me - he sat behind me the whole way, pushed me, made sure I was not letting any bad shots get to me, keeping me up the whole time," she said.
"He was probably just as tired as me by the end."
The event was live-streamed on the Queensland Ten Pin Bowing Facebook page, where almost 1000 people viewed it.
Green said she had dabbled in other sports but bowling was what she was really good at.
She won the state masters in Rockhampton in 2008 and will return there to defend her new title.
She has a secured spot in the nationals masters in Melbourne in October.
"I am really excited about this too because I haven't won nationals for a while either - it was '09 my last nationals win," Green said.
"This is going to take a lot of practice."