Ballina Bonanza challenge produces 12-y-o winner over world No 1
THERE's no doubting the commitment of lawn bowlers.
Minor flooding may be an extreme way to break a drought, but it didn't break the generous spirit at the Taylor Invitation Bowls Challenge yesterday at Ballina Bowling Club. A club spokesman said bowlers had committed themselves to playing ... no matter what.
The rain-soaked greens were still playable, but producing a reduced speed of 13 to 17 seconds.
The highlight of the day was the victory by 12-year-old Reece Wilson, a student at Southern Cross High School, over world No 1 Steve Glasson 5-3 in a four-end charity challenge.
Local challengers still have a chance to take on some of the world's best today at Ballina.
Funds raised go towards Ballina Hospital's cancer appeal.
Results yesterday (Taylor-sponsored teams named first) included:
Men's two-bowl triples: Kevin Walsh, Kelvin Kerkow, Rex Johnston d R De Re (Ballina), B Nixon (Casino RSM), Shane Globits (P Point) 10-6, 6-5.
Ladies two-bowl pairs: Lynsey Armitage, Katrina Wright lost to Maureen Smith, Eryn Brightwell (Ballina) 7-8 5-14.
Men's two-bowl pairs: Bob Dobbins, Steve Glasson d Errol Bartlett (C'Gatta), David Ball (Casino RSM) 9-8 10-5.
Mixed fours: Lynsey Armitage, Cameron Curtis, Katrina Wright, Kevin Walsh d Sally Hickman (Sth Twd), Barry Ward (Ballina), Sandra Ward (Ballina), Neil Burgess (L Head) 6-5 7-4.