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No doubt about it: Women bowlers don’t lack in competitiveness

Ileane Hanin bowls in a women's daytime travel league.
Ileane Hanin bowls in a women's daytime travel league.
Fred Eisenhammer

One of the most interesting groups of bowlers around the Los Angeles area is a women’s daytime travel league that roams around the San Fernando Valley for its Tuesday afternoon competition.

The travel league alternates weekly stops among Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, Brunswick Matador Bowl in Northridge and Canoga Park Bowl.

Most of the women are seniors, but there are others much younger.

It’s an intimate scratch league that’s basically been around since the 1960s and lists players on its official score sheets by their first names, such as Kelly and Connie and Petra and Jonna.

Make no mistake about it: The women take bowling seriously.

One woman, Ileane Hanin, was overheard talking at Corbin Bowl about competing later that night in another league – the Valley Mixed 4 league – that gives handicap points to bowlers.

Ileane, who averages 151, apparently was worried about the size of the handicap points her team had to give way.

Said Ileane: “I’m going to have to bowl m a-- off.”

To which teammate Kelly Gold joked to a reporter: “Well, she better.”

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