By JIM BRIGGINSHAW
FORMER State singles champion, NSW Bowler of the Year and one-time State team member Neil Burgess (Lennox Head) is on the comeback trail.
In the next few weeks he will be contesting not one, but two, NSW pairs titles.
Burgess and lead David Tancred, Northern Rivers district and Zone One pairs winners, will be in Sydney at the weekend taking on other zone champions in the State pairs.
Burgess will be back there next month, this time with clubmate David Taylor as lead, in the State finals of the Champion of Club Champions pairs.
Burgess has been one of his district's most successful bowlers since he burst on to the scene in 1989 when he took out the district singles and pairs double as a member at East Lismore.
Since then, apart from an auspicious State career, he has won 13 district championships ? four singles, four pairs, one triples and four fours.
Tancred and Burgess as a team have won the district pairs the past two years.
Another Northern Rivers team taking on the State's best at the weekend is the Casino RSM trio of Mark McAllister, Brian Nixon and David Ball.
The brilliant Ball, a model of consistency since his youthful days with Lismore City, has two district pairs, two district triples and two district fours under his belt ? strangely the district singles title has eluded the dual Northern Rivers Bowler of the Year.
Nixon won the district singles last year and successive district fours the past two years.
McAlister's lead spot in the pairs team this year was his first success at district level.
Tweed-Byron provides the singles and fours for the State finals.
Alf Boston, of Brunswick Heads, another who has been on the bowling scene since boyhood, has the major task in the State singles.
Boston has carried all before him this season and is sure to give a good account of himself.
The Zone One fours champions ? the Pottsville team of Terry Fuller, Tony Baxter, Brian Sands and Rod Wilson ? have a tough assignment at St Johns Park, Sydney, when they take on the Metropolitan (North Shore) stars.