Crack pairs chase a slice of the riches
By IAN MONAGHAN
MORE than 120 of the nation's best bowlers have converged on Ballina, all hoping that the Christmas-New Year spreads some of the more than $17,000 prizemoney their way during the prestigious Summerland Series.
Yesterday they started sectional play in the Summerland Pairs, which itself has $9840 on offer, with the winners pocketing $3000. Sectional play continues today, with the quarters, semi-finals and final on tomorrow.
The Summerland Singles take centre-stage from January 6-8.
Today's focus will be on teenager Mathew Pietersen, the youngest ever NSW singles champion.
The 16-year-old, from Parkes, defeated top Coffs Harbour bowler Alan Carver, 52, in a ripper of a State final 31-29.
Later this month he will represent NSW Under-25s against Victoria and ACT.
Yesterday the Northern Rivers District junior and senior players of the year met in the first round.
John Lang, senior player of the year, and Mick Anderson (Byron Bay) defeated junior player of the year Aaron Teys and A Maloney (Condong) 14-7. Lang and Teys are both members of the Evans Head Bowling Club. Anderson and Lang won their section.
Australian No 1 Kevin Kerkow teamed with South Tweed clubmate C Amos to down East Lismore's D and B Foster 22-15 and they then went on to win their section.