TEEN PAIR FACE BIG MOMENT
By STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org A CHANCE encounter on a green in Coffs Harbour has helped local teenager Aaron Teys land one of the brightest young bowlers in the State as his partner for the start of the Summerland Pairs at the Ballina Bowling Club today.
Teys, a 14-year-old member of the NSW Junior side, had originally been listed to partner Australian team representative Mark Casey (Helensvale) in the $10,000 three-day tournament.
However, Casey had commitments with the Australian squad in Asia and was a late withdrawal.
Enter Park Beach's Matthew Miles.
Miles, the current Australian Junior Champion, was having a social game of bowls in Coffs Harbour last week when Teys unexpectedly ran into him.
"Dad had to go to Macksville for work and we stayed the night in Coffs," Teys told The Northern Star.
"I knew him from the State team and we just ran into him on the greens.
"I knew Mark had pulled out so I asked Matthew and he said, 'Yeah no worries, I'd love to'."
The pair are one of the two seeded pairs in their four-team section.
The teenagers' main opposition will come from Evans Head's John Lang and Casino's David Ball.
Teys' match-up against Lang will be somewhat of the student taking on the master.
Teys, who is now a member of Ballina, played pennants for two years with Evans Head where Lang was the skip.
"We've never played each other," Teys said.
"We had a little muck around one day and he smashed me.
"But I won the major singles this year and I beat the bowler who beat him."
While Teys and Miles have added a junior angle to the tournament they are not among the favourites.
Defending champions Neil Burgess (Lennox Head) and Shane Globits (Queensland) should be in the mix, while Walter Jacobs (Double Bay) and Kelvin Kerkow (South Tweed) and Jeff Matters (Forbes) and Matthew Pietersen (St John's Park) are also considered among the favourites.
Kerkow is the 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion, Globits an Australian team representative and Pietersen the youngest ever NSW Senior Champion.
Besides Lang and Ball and Teys and Miles, the best efforts of the locals is expected to come from David Zorzo (Casino) and Barry Ward (Ballina), David Tancred (Lennox) and Michael Anderson (Byron) and Richard Latta (Casino) and Trevor Clarke (Lismore Heights).
Play starts at 9am each day with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals played on Saturday.
Sixteen sections with four teams in each will contest the tournament with a total of 128 bowlers rolling them down. On Friday January 4 the $9000 Summerland Singles starts with the finals set down for Sunday January 6.