Lang, Ball pair skip out to win
By STEVE SPINKS email@example.com IT WAS a result that will warm the hearts of all those who have reached a certain level of maturity.
John Lang yesterday skipped his team to a section victory over teenager Aaron Teys on the first day of the Summerland Pairs at the Ballina Bowling Club.
Teys and his partner Matthew Miles, the Australian Junior Champion, had been rumoured to be contenders at least for a quarter-final appearance at the $10,000 tournament.
However, Lang, of Evans Head, and his partner David Ball, of Casino, had the edge knocking out the teenagers in the final round of sectional play late yesterday afternoon.
Lang was the skip of the all-conquering Evans Head pennants team that Teys was a part of for two years and it seems the master still has the edge on his young apprentice.
Lang and Ball were pitched in a battle in the sectional play-offs last night. Results were unavailable at the time of print.
An upset caused earlier in the day saw Frank Vella and Steve Halmai knocked out by Casino's Brian Nixon and Beenleigh's Phil Jordan.
Vella (Malta) and Halmai (England) have both represented their countries, but they found Nixon and Jordan too strong.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion, Kelvin Kerkow, made it through to the sectional play-offs with his partner Walter Jacobs.
Defending champions Neil Burgess, of Lennox Head, and Shane Globits, formerly of Grafton, begin their campaign this morning.
Wet weather made playing conditions difficult yesterday with the turf greens slowing up and the synthetic greens rolling faster. However, the rain didn't stop play and the eight sections were completed, with play-offs being conducted late last night.
The second side of the draw begins today with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final being played on Saturday.