EYE ON THE PRIZE: South Lismore bowler David Ball is attempting to win a third district pairs championship with Terry Knudson.
EYE ON THE PRIZE: South Lismore bowler David Ball is attempting to win a third district pairs championship with Terry Knudson. Cathy Adams

Bowls: Southies duo chase third pairs title win

SOUTH Lismore's Terry Knudson and David Ball will be chasing their third district championship as a pair when these titles get under way Sunday week.

After they won two in a row in 2000-01, Knudson again landed two successive titles with Gordon Currie in 2007-08, then joined with Ball again to win the championship in 2013.

Currie is leading this year for 16-year-old South Lismore whiz-kid Indi Conlan whose twin brother Kit, the reigning district open singles champ, is skip for well-experienced Ballina clubmate Craig Teys.

Ben McCall (South Lismore), who won the title with Glen Pitts in 2014, is teamed with Jamie Eichorn.

The open pairs are at Evans Head. The main threat could come from the powerful pairing, Mick Anderson/Kris Lehfeldt (Ballina), and Evans Head's seasoned John Lang with red-hot youngster Luke Jones.

The district reserve pairs will start the same day at Lismore Workers Sports, while the senior pairs is at Ballina RSL.

New champs

THE South Lismore team of Shane Dwyer, Indi Conlan, David Foster and Jamie Eichorn is the new district open fours champion. It beat Kris Lehfeldt's Ballina four 20-18 in Sunday's final at South Lismore.

The district reserve fours played at Broadwater went to J. Mills, T. Houghton, G. McMahon and A. Drooger. They beat G. Rose's four 18-15 in the final.

The district senior fours will be decided at Lennox Head this Saturday between teams skipped by Percy Langby (Lismore Heights) and Peter Carey (Evans Head).

Langby's four won its semi 24-21, while Carey got there by a similar three-shot margin, 19-16.

Fair hearing

LAST week we touched on women bowlers' views on "natural justice" for members' complaints that are determined by officials to be neither "vexatious or gossip".

In the same article their magazine says that on receiving a complaint in writing, the secretary or president of the club or association must decide if it is valid and if they find it is, the complainant is "requested" to attend a meeting.

The meeting is to have a panel of no more than three members who have no vested interest in the outcome - they can be from another club or district.

Having people from another club as the panel for a meeting that could decide a bowler's fate in the game would surely be unacceptable to most complainants.

Equally, why should the president or secretary have the right to decide whether a complaint is to be heard?

Even the most vexatious of complaints deserves a hearing.

Fad creation

WHAT'S going to be the next fad?

Plain colours in bowls sets at first, then speckled, now it's striped. These bowls don't roll up the green, they seem to jump. They don't jump, of course, it's just an illusion.

Bowls manufacturers must be scratching their heads to find something newer to sell to the must-have-something- different crowd. What it's going to be? I shudder to think.

COMING UP - Saturday week: Lismore Workers Sports Westpac Helicopter Appeal.



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