Pairs title good news

By JIM BRIGGINSHAW

BALLINA RSL, the club that has little to smile about with its proposed closure, had a bright spot last Sunday when two of its members ? Hans Willems and Alan Miles ? won the NRDBA Champion of Club Champions pairs final at Alstonville.

And they did it in convincing fashion, beating Casino RSM's brightest young prospects David Zorzo and Peter Brown 20-13.

The Ballina RSL duo started off in fine style with a four on the opening end but by the seventh trailed 5-8.

It was a wake-up call. They won the next five ends to lead 12-8.

From there they were never headed, though the Casino youngsters were behind only one shot (13-14) on the 17th.

Stirred into action again, Willems and Miles landed a four, followed by two singles to make the score 20-13 on the 20th.

Zorzo and Brown decided it was futile to play the last end and conceded the title.

In a surprise first round, former State singles champion Neil Burgess and his Lennox Head partner David Taylor were knocked out 21-20 by John Donadel and Tony Cheli (Lismore Workers Heights).

Burgess had won the past three Lennox Head pairs championships (with David Tancred in 2003, 2004).

Donadel and Cheli went out in the second round by the same narrow score they beat Taylor and Burgess, 21-20.

Zorzo and Brown made it to the final by ousting Ballina's Ken McLeod and Brian Honey 22-11.

Juniors are close

THREE Zone One juniors ? Jamie Eichorn, Nick Parlevliet and Aaron Teys ? are on the verge of Country side selection, according to junior bowls co-ordinator Dick Aldridge.

The three stamped their mark with the Zone One seven-a-side team that played on fast Port Macquarie City greens in cold and windy conditions.

In a bid to find the right combination, Zone One players were swapped around in the singles, pairs and fours carnival and finished strongly, 11th overall.

"There will be a Country side selected soon to play at Cabramatta in November and I expect some of our Zone One juniors to be in it," Aldridge said.

Three of the zone's top juniors ? Keean McClelland, Gabe Meagher and JT Gray ? have turned 18 in recent months and have moved out of the junior ranks.

New training centre

A NATIONAL training centre is to be set up on the Gold Coast by Bowls Queensland entering into a partnership with Bowls Australia, Southern Cross University and Tweed Heads Bowls Club.

Bowls Queensland says in its official magazine that it will offer six scholarships to Queensland bowlers who have the potential and dedication to become Australian reps.

The six will join Queensland's eight Australian squad members and two Tweed Heads bowlers for a series of two-day camps over the year.

The training centre also will be used to improve coaches' skills.

Simply the best

WORLD champion Steve Glasson confirmed his place as the best bowler Australia has produced when he won his ninth Australian indoor singles title at Tweed Heads.

Near unbeatable on Tweed Heads' indoor rinks, he has won the national championship the past five years.

This time, though, he was fully tested by 23-year-old Mark Casey, of the Gold Coast.

After Glasson won the first set 12-4, Casey came back with a shattering 10-1 win in the second.

It took a tie-breaker, which Glasson won 2-0, to separate them.

Casey could be Australia's next star. His recent televised singles performance against New Zealand was as good as anything seen on the Tweed Heads rinks.



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