Shock exit from bowls tournament
IT WAS a day of upsets at the Ballina Bowling Club yesterday when red-hot favourites Neil Burgess and Shane Globits were unceremoniously dumped at the three-day-long Summerland Pairs tournament.
The duo, considered by some as certainties to take out the $10,000 tournament, went down to Neil Downs and Chris Ramage in their fourth and final match of the sectional play late yesterday afternoon.
While that may have pleased some, that wasn't so for locals David Hall (Lennox Head) and Troy Makin (Ocean Shores) who lost to the pair in a tight match 17-15 late last night.
Another top pair, Jeff Matters and Matthew Pietersen, came within a bee's whisker of missing out on a quarter-final berth today when they struggled through with a better win-loss ratio over Evans Head's Jim Everingham and Barry Ward.
The Pietersen/Matters pair salvaged their reputations when they defeated Steve Cannon and Peter Hawke to advance to today's quarters.
Father-son combination Rex and Daniel Foster (Lismore) were at time of print late yesterday fighting to retain their spot in the tournament to reach the quarter-finals while John Lang (Evans Head) and David Ball (Casino) late on Thursday evening lost their sectional play off. The tournament continues today. , Ken Clarke, of the Ballina Bowling Club, said foour hours of rain from 4am to 8am yesterday morning, which dumped