Club president pleased to finish in semi-finals
ONE-CLUB man Gary Burt was happy to have been one of the last local hopes standing at this year's Summerland Pairs.
Burt and bowls partner David Ball made the semi-finals of this year's $11,000 tournament at Ballina Cherry Street before losing out to eventual winners Mark Bayliss and Jamie Smith.
The experienced Casino/South Lismore pairing had played some excellent bowls throughout the event, winning their three group matches and then knockout rounds to make the final four.
Burt is now looking forward to having a crack at the forthcoming Summerland Singles.
"David played a ripper this tournament," he said.
"He is quite an aggressive player on the rink, which helps in this pairs format.
"I'm a bit disappointed we couldn't go further, but to make the semi-finals of a tournament like this is a good effort I think.
"If I play well (in the Singles) I think I have half a chance."
Burt has been a member of his club since taking up the sport 25 years ago and now serves as president.
He said he gained plenty of enjoyment from the sport.
"It can be a frustrating game alright," he said.
"I just like playing alongside your mates and playing for your club.
"You make a lot of friends and get to play some good bowls.
"I'm proud to represent Casino at events like this."
Tweed Heads player Bayliss and Smith (Wynnum Manly) took the title - and the $3200 top prize - on Sunday night with a comprehensive 19-9 win over Mark Spring and Dave Gardiner.
Musgrave Hill's Spring and Gardiner, of Broadbeach had earlier seen off last year's winners Kris Lehfeldt and Brett Wilkie in a thrilling semi-final.
Home player Lehfeldt and Helensvale's Wilkie looked to have sealed the contest before losing out 16-15 on the final end.
The club is hosting a three-day tournament from today.