Anderson out to erase bowls ‘shocker’
The 36-year-old was beaten 21-zip by former Mullumbimby star Joe Mills in the second round of the Summerland series, but he wants to quickly erase that result from his memory bank.
“I actually sent a text message to (former World Champion) Steve Glasson and said it was one of my worst performances ever,” Anderson said.
“I said to him that I was about to play for my State and I’ve asked him for some advice.”
Anderson, who has been an almost permanent fixture in the State Reserves team for the past four years, has finally been picked in the NSW open team to take on the ACT at St Johns in Sydney from February 2-3.
At times he began to doubt whether he would ever get a crack at the big time, but finally got his chance after a number of players became unavailable due to overseas commitments.
“There were three spots open and they named four blokes for those positions and I was thinking, ‘Here we go again, I’m going to miss out’, but I didn’t,” he said.
“I got an email to tell me that I was in the team and it was this sense of relief that after so long I had finally made it.”
Anderson, who has been the greenkeeper at the Byron Bay club for the past 15 years, believes that he has served out his ‘apprenticeship’ as a player and if he can perform well in Sydney next month, has a chance to cement a permanent spot on the team.
Just to add a little pressure, he’s been selected as skip. Only five other bowlers have ever made their debut in the top State side in that role.
Anderson will line-up alongside Michael Cronin (East Cessnock), Simon Mitchell (Maitland City) Gerard Beath (Cowra).
The other three skips are household names: former NZ champion Peter Belliss, who has English international David Holt as his third; Australian No1 Leif Selby, and Australian rep Wayne Turley.
“I can’t wait,” Anderson said.
“It has been one of my career goals for so long and I have been out practicing most days.”
Anderson is one of six leading bowlers in the region who have chosen to transfer to Ballina in the pursuit of higher honours.
“After all those years playing at Byron Bay it is going to be strange switching clubs, but the plan is to try and win around here and have half a chance at other titles,” he said.