The Ballina Sandflies farewell one of their own after a round of competition at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Sunday.
The Ballina Sandflies farewell one of their own after a round of competition at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Sunday. contributed

Bowlers banned from world’s greens after biff

AN all-in brawl on the bowling green. Wow! Does this mean we'll be introducing red cards or sending blokes for 10 ounces in the sinbin to cool off?

The knuckle-up is reported by AAP to have happened on March 5 at a top-level preliminary final in Bendigo.

Two bowlers started the ruckus when it's believed one punched the other in the face for bumping into him when he celebrated a delivery by running down the rink, jumping over bowls and high-fiving his teammates.

In no time both teams were into it, delaying the game between Bendigo and Eaglehawk for at least a quarter of an hour.

The two who started the fisticuffs pleaded not guilty to a number of Bowls Victoria disciplinary committee charges, including acting in a threatening and intimidating manner and bringing the sport of bowls into disrepute.

Both were found guilty and rubbed out - one until the end of November for delivering the first punch and the other to the end of October for "making unnecessary contact".

The suspensions mean the pair can't set foot on a bowling green anywhere in the world.

But a boxing ring? Now that's a different matter.

Southies dominate

REIGNING premier South Lismore has ended East Lismore's brief spell at the head of the Northern Rivers District Bowling Association top grade pennant competition.

The two sides met in the third round with the Southies winning by 29 shots and taking all 10 points.

Ballina is running a close second after landing nine points and a 24-shot margin against a Casino RSM side that is languishing on the bottom rung of the ladder with only two points from the three rounds.

In the other No 1 match, Alstonville had its first round win of the season, picking up nine points with an 18-shot win over Lennox Head.

The points table: South Lismore 25, Ballina 24, East Lismore 19, Lennox Head 11, Alstonville 9 and Casino RSM 2.

This Saturday, East Lismore No 1s will play Ballina at East, Lennox Head will be at home to South Lismore, and Alstonville will travel to Casino RSM.

Leaders in other grades: No 2 Evans Head, No 3 Lismore City, No 4 Alstonville, No 5 Ballina RSL, No 6 South Lismore and No 7 Lennox Head.

Triple treat

DISTRICT senior triples being played at Alstonville are down to the semi-finals.

These will be played this Sunday morning with the final in the afternoon.

The semi-final draw is (skips) B Evans v J King and V Ross v P Carey.

Team trials

SIX teams of zone seniors have been chosen for a selection trial at Ballina Cherry Street this Friday.

From these performances a side of 12 will be named for the NSW interzone senior championship at Cabramatta on May 17-19.

The trial teams are: R McCabe, G Barrack, B Nathan and P Bennett; T Clarke, T Butler, N Wilson and P Carey; B Birmingham, R Foster, M Harris and K McWaters; T McFadden, B Sten, V Ross and B Evans; G Simon, P Corcoran, G Meanie and A Knox; B Kent, L Freeman, D Crow and P Duncan.

Phone 0403 152 476 or 0411 140 075 if unavailable.

Open season

AN ADDITION to Australian Open on the Gold Coast in June is the 60-plus men's and women's pairs with $5000 of the $250,000 prize pool going to the winning team.

It is a further move to make the event more than an exclusive elite competition.

This year it includes bowlers of any age, any ability.

Big money

HERE'S a big one coming up: The Ocean Shores Country Club board has approved a $15,000 bowls tournament.

The Classic Fours will be held on the weekend of October 22-23.

With only two greens, the Ocean Shores club has to restrict the field to 28 teams.

The cost to enter, $300 for each fours team, which includes play, lunch on both days and a sponsor's gift pack.

An application for Australian ranking points is being made.

Score check

SHOT indicators - often as fundamental as painted paddlepop sticks - are an essential way of keeping onlookers informed of a singles game's score and are used by the marker when each end has been decided.

But Queensland umpires say they are to be used after two bowls have been delivered by each player, as the position of the head changes, and after the end has been declared.

Coming up: There are no club tournaments in April. 

> See today's Northern Star for Jim's view on a northern takeover.



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