A Galgate bowler reflected on what might have been after an impressive showing at the World Indoor Bowls Championships.
Janice Gower was in fine form at the Potters Leisure Resort in Great Yarmouth but was somehow edged out in the quarter-finals of the ladies singles by Julie Forrest on Saturday.
One consolation for Lancaster’s England international was reaching the semi-finals of the mixed pairs with partner Greg Harlow before losing out in the last four on Sunday.
Speaking from Great Yarmouth, Gower said: “I’ve played the best bowls I’ve played down here but I can’t help but be disappointed.
“I was in winning positions in both sets (against Forrest), holding set lie, and then she has just produced ultimate results.
“But it was good to get to the semi-finals of the mixed pairs.
“So I’m disappointed but I’m playing with confidence.”
Gower had Scottish international Forrest in trouble in both sets before somehow losing 8-7, 10-9 on Saturday afternoon.
The first set was nip-and-tuck before Forrest bagged a full house to get her nose in front.
Gower hit back however in the opening stages of the second set but her adversary from north of the border was to finish well again firing off the district bowler’s bowl when it was holding set lie to seal victory.
In the pairs, Gower teamed up with Harlow to win their last eight match on Friday night before going out to the team of Andy Thomson and Katherine Rednall in the last four 2-1 (8-7, 6-7, 2-1).
Up next for the Galgate gal is the Champion of Champions event at Hayling Island off the coast of Hampshire at the start of February and she goes there in confident mood.
Gower said: “Playing so well at the moment means I’ve got something to focus on straight away.
“But the world championship is the pinnacle so I’m disappointed.
“Everyone’s congratulated me and said, see you next year, but they don’t realise how gruelling a process it is to get here in the first place.
“Sometimes you wonder whether you want to put yourself through again, but 24 hours later you realise how well you’ve done.”