PICTURE OF CONCENTRATION: South Lismore stalwart Arthur Black during his playing days. The Black Paddles Shield has been named after him and Rex Johnston.
PICTURE OF CONCENTRATION: South Lismore stalwart Arthur Black during his playing days. The Black Paddles Shield has been named after him and Rex Johnston.

Bowls: Trophy a nod to big names

TWO of the past big names of bowls, one a local, are honoured by a trophy contested at the weekend for the first time between our local Zone One and Zone 11 (Manning district) senior sides.

The trophy is the Black Paddles Shield - the Black part is Arthur Black, the South Lismore stalwart who represented Australia in the mid-1980s at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and in trans-Tasman tests against New Zealand; the Paddles is for Australia's most decorated bowler Rex Johnston, better known as Paddles. He played for Australia 450 times, represented the country at four consecutive Commonwealth Games, winning gold in 1994 and silver in 1998.

Arthur Black has been long retired but Paddles skipped one of the Manning teams when the two zones played the inaugural event at Maclean. The shield was won by Zone 11 three tests to nil.

It was a valuable hit-out for the two zone sides which will be chasing the NSW inter-zone senior sides championship at Cabramatta on May 11-17.

Southies lead

NRDBA pennants will resume this weekend after the Anzac Day break with South Lismore just half a point in front of Ballina at the top of the No 1 table. Games for Saturday are Ballina v Alstonville (at Ballina), South Lismore v Casino RSM (at South), Lennox Head v East Lismore (at Lennox Head).

History made

AUSTRALIA, with three gold medals, one silver, three bronze, created history at the world junior championships on the Gold Coast. It is the first time a country has taken three gold.

Cabramatta's Ellen Ryan and Aaron Wilson both took out the singles; Ryan teamed with fellow Australian Open winner Aaron Teys to win the mixed pairs.

Ryan took the place of defending singles and mixed pairs champion Kristina Krstic who withdrew because of university commitments.

Brown brigade

ALAN Brown, who's hosed down a fire or two in the local area in his time, brought home a silver medal from the Australian Fire Brigade bowls championships at Victor Harbour, South Australia.

Two hundred and sixty firies from around Australia and New Zealand took part.

The Alstonville bowler was one of those selected in the NSW side of six and skipped the fours to win four games to get to the finals.

In the semi, his team slaughtered the opposition 25-7 but went down 22-14 in the decider. l

Mabel celebrates

WHEN Ipswich bowler Mabel Turvey reached 100 last week, she had played at the same club 53 years - more than half her lifetime. She still plays, every Friday with her grandson. The club and her friends gave her a great celebration for her century - limo, the lot. Even the mayor turned up and presented her with a bunch of roses and an envelope. He said the roses were in recognition of her long citizenship; the envelope was her rate notice.

The rate notice was a surprise. Mabel lives alone and her house has gone completely under in two Ipswich floods. But everyone breathed again when the envelope was a mayoral joke - it contained the birthday best wishes of the city council.

No substance

OUR game has enough rules without some that seem to have no substance.

Bowls NSW's rules revision has one concerning trial ends. It says that if a player or an umpire sees a bowler using more bowls than those to be used in the game, the offender will lose the right to play any bowls remaining in the trial end.

Is this rule really needed? Many bowlers would regard using extra bowls in a warm-up as more of a hindrance than an advantage.

Beacom battle

FOR the second year in a row, the RSL brought out the big guns to shoot down the Alstonville opposition in the Beacom Shield, a good-humoured battle that has been going on annually since the 1930s. The win was by a convincing 17 shots.

Forty eight bowlers took the green. All money raised goes to Legacy.

COMING UP - May 1: District President's Day. May 9: Alstonville Classic Three-Bowl Triples.



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