Locals bowl over visitors
By jim brigginshaw
IT'S ALL TONGUE-IN-CHEEK: Ballina's 'Mighty Midget' Aaron Teys FOUR local bowlers sent high-power visitors packing yesterday in the opening rounds of the Summerland Singles at Ballina. Moving into Sunday's quarter-finals are Neil Burgess (Lennox Head), Brian Nixon (Casino RSM), Barry Ward (Ballina) and Frank Vogel (Yamba). Burgess, a former State singles champion and five-times winner of the Summerland Singles, put himself in line for a record sixth when he wore down the tenacious Alan Carver (Coffs Harbour) to take their post-sectional 21-17. Burgess had won only two games in his rounds with a 17-shot margin. He'd gone down by two shots to Vic Reynolds (Iluka) in his second outing in what was the round's most thrilling contest. After leading 19-12, Reynolds went walkabout, and the score was soon back to 19-19. Then Reynolds came back to land well-drawn singles on two ends and hit the magical 21 two shots ahead of Burgess. Nixon, who had taken his section comfortably, three wins plus 21, came up against Coolangatta's Errol Bartlett (three plus 23) in the post-sectional. The Gold Coast bowler made him work for every shot before Nixon won by four. Yamba's Vogel played Chris Amos (Kingscliff) in his post-sectional. Amos, son of big-name Yamba bowler Joe Amos, couldn't match it with his father's clubmate, going down 11-21. Barry Ward showed brilliant technique and superb knowledge of his home green when he ousted two-times Summerland Singles winner Ray Pickard (St Johns Park) from the section by three shots, and then accounted for Bruce McNish (Musgrave Hill). The Ballina bowler took that match 21-14. Crowd favourite of the day was Ballina's 'Mighty Midget' Aaron Teys. The 11-year-old was a last-minute inclusion when former Summerland Series winner Joe Mills (Redcliffe) dropped out. The tiny Teys, who would have to jump in the air to see over a No 5 bowl, came up against a leading Gold Coast performer, Steve Ross (Tweed Heads), in his first game. He led Ross 12-0 before going on to wipe him out by 10 shots. Young Teys had his second game against Chris Amos sewn up before a late shot by the Kingsliff bowler snatched victory by two shots. Another 32 bowlers will line up at Ballina today in the second day of the Summerland Singles to determine the other quarter-finalists to play at 9am on Sunday. The semi-finals (21-up) will follow at at 11.15am. The final, first to 31 shots, will be at 2pm.