Bright future for Ballina bowls comp
ORGANISERS are already eyeing a long future for the Summerland Series pairs after another successful instalment of the event.
This year's tournament at Ballina's Cherry Street Bowling and Recreation Club wrapped up on Sunday with Kris Lehfeldt and Brett Wilkie taking final honours.
Top players from across the country again took part in the contest, which featured some tight matches in the latter stages.
Frank Dodd, president of the club's men's division, said this year's event had been particularly exciting.
"There were some great matches," he said.
"One minute teams were two shots up and the next there was a six shot turnaround.
"This is a very strong club - in my view possibly the best in the area - and we are proud that we can run this tournament.
"There is no reason why it should not continue over the next 50 years."
Some superb play saw club co-ordinator Lehfeldt and Wilkie take the final with a 22-8 win over Walter Jacobs and Kelvin Kerkow.
Lehfeldt and Wilkie had earlier battled through single shot victories in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Scores of spectators again attended this year's competition, which was fortunately blessed with mostly good weather over the three days.
This year's event also saw the first female player in the event's 48-year history - top Queensland player Georgia White.
Australian under-25 representative White was invited to play after recently returning to the game after a break to car for her children.
Dodd said it was possible more women could play the event in the future.
"I think most of the comments we heard were positive (about Georgia playing)," he said.
"Most of the big tournaments have women in them now.
"It is all based on ability. If they are good enough, they are welcome."
Players are now gearing up for the Summerland Series singles tournament, which starts this Friday.