Slow and steady
By JIM BRIGGINSHAW
AFTER three days of brilliant high-pressure lead-up bowls, the large crowd of spectators expected fireworks in the all-Queensland final of the Summerland Singles at Ballina yesterday.
They were disappointed.
The fireworks turned out to be a fizzer.
The game moved at the pace of a three-toed sloth ... too much walking, too much talking, too much time-wasting.
The winner was 28-year-old Shane Globits (Paradise Point, Gold Coast), who wiped out 44-year-old Jeff Dolan (Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane) 31-18 after Dolan practically handed him the game on a plate by overdone impetuous driving.
Ten days before, Dolan had taken the Summerland Pairs in classic style with Ballina's Craig Teys.
Yesterday, in the singles quarter-finals, he was in similar devastating form ? annihilating top Ballina performer Barry Ward 21-10, then in the semis knocking over former New Zealander Brian Baldwin (Musgrave Hill) 21-19, to set the scene for the highly-anticipated final against Globits.
Globits, the 2001 Summerland Pairs winner and member of the Queensland State side, had waded through his opposition.
He slaughtered former Northern Rivers singles champ Brian Nixon (Casino RSM) 21-8 in the quarter-finals ('I got what I deserved', Nixon said later), then beat former NSW singles champ and State player Neil Burgess (Lennox Head) 21-18.
The Globits-Burgess semi-final was a beauty, with the result in doubt until the last bowl.
Then came the final.
Strangely, Dolan ? who previously had shown his ability as a draw shot player ? started driving from almost the opening delivery.
While he drove and missed, Globits drew shots.
Still, after 22 ends only two shots (18-16) separated the pair.
From then on, though, Dolan wasn't in the race, winning only three ends before Globits finished him off 31-18.
It was a lacklustre final after the hotly-contested games that had preceded it.
In other quarter-finals, Baldwin beat Frank Vogel (Yamba) 21-16 and Burgess mastered the experienced Geoff Hawken (Musgrave Hill) 21-12.
The results on Saturday were a reverse of the first day when all four quarter-finalists to emerge from the post-sectionals were locals.
This time all four came from outside the area ? three from the Gold Coast and one from Brisbane.
Locals, however, performed well.
Three won their sections but went down to visitors in the post-sectional eliminator: David Ball (Casino RSM) was beaten 21-12 by Hawken; Kevin Strong (Ballina) lost by the same score to Globits; Ron Erickson (Murwillumbah) went down 21-13 to Baldwin.
The only 'outside' post-sectional, between Dolan and Wayne Wilson (Musgrave Hill), was won by Dolan 21-11.
Strong, Northern Rivers singles champion in 1991 and son of Alstonville bowling legend Norvel Strong (Summerland Singles winner in 1978 and 1981), has been coaxed back into the game after a long absence.
He showed he has lost none of his skill by winning all his games in a hot section that included previous Summerland winners Ken Evans (Musgrave Hill) and Phil Jordan (Beaudesert).
His misfortune was to come up against the in-form Globits in the post-sectional.
Craig Teys (Ballina), the Summerland Pairs winner with Dolan last week, had a shocker in the singles rounds on Saturday, failing to win a game and finishing on minus 46, the worst result of the tournament.
The 2004 Summerland Singles champion, John Lang (Evans Head), was edged out of a section win on Friday by Vogel.
Lang finished with two wins plus 11; Vogel had two wins plus 12.
Vogel went on to be beaten in the quarter-finals.
Globits picked up $2400 for winning the tournament; Dolan took the runner-up purse of $1200.