TRAINING: The Ballina brigade gets in some practice prior to their record bid last year
TRAINING: The Ballina brigade gets in some practice prior to their record bid last year

Guinness? stout stand halts bid

By STEVE SPINKS

GETTING your name in the Guinness Book of Records is serious business.

Just ask Ballina bowler Val McKenzie.

She was part of an ill-fated Ballina Bowling Club record attempt last year.

The group of six ? McKenzie, Rick Rodziewicz, Narelle Wilson, Terry Rogers, David Brann and Paul Artis ? were looking to smash the world record for consecutive bowling by pairs.

Unfortunately, they got their wires crossed and bowled the incorrect format.

Undeterred, the group have got a new record in their sights.

They want to break the standing record of Waratahs Bowls Club in Newcastle which sits at 57-and-a-half hours of continuous pairs bowling.

However, the South Grafton Bowling Club recently bettered the mark to 80 hours and 25 minutes.

But this attempt is yet to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.

"We'd rather be chasing 57-and-a-half hours than 80," laughed Mrs McKenzie.

Remarkably, the Ballina bowlers were only informed by email recently that their attempt had been denied, almost a year to the date after the event.

"It's decided now," Mrs McKenzie said.

"At least we can put our minds to rest and we're not left in limbo anymore."

Ballina followed the same format as the previous holders of the record, Drayton Bowls Club.

However, because Ballina highlighted the problem, Drayton's name has also been scrubbed from the record book.

Mrs McKenzie said there would be no future problems between her club and Drayton, after all, both were raising money for cancer.

The Ballina group raised $12,000 for the Haemotology Cancer Care Unit at the Ballina Hospital.

Their next attempt, which will take place on the June long weekend, has a slogan already ... To beat the record to beat the record.

Confused?

The Ballina group firstly wants to beat the record of the Waratah or South Grafton bowling club (whichever one actually holds the record) and secondly they want to raise more money than the $12,000 they received last year.

It will be the same bowlers who made the last attempt bar one, Paul Artis.

Artis will be away on the long weekend, so Mrs McKenzie is looking for a replacement.

"We'll take the fittest one we can," she laughed.

"So they can hold us older ones up."



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