Garry Burt from the Casino RSM Club bowling in the Country Classic Pairs at the South Lismore Bowling Club.
Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Garry Burt from the Casino RSM Club bowling in the Country Classic Pairs at the South Lismore Bowling Club. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Clubs bounce back from flood damage

FLOOD waters stopped at the door of South Lismore club but electricity was lost and a lot of food was ruined.

The greens were covered by water but any damage has been repaired. Still, because many bowlers living at South Lismore were affected by the floods, the NRDBA has re-scheduled pennant games.

On the morning of Sunday, April 23, the Southies will play Round Five away to Ballina RSL in No 5s and away to Lismore City in No 7s.

The following Sunday morning on their home green they will be up against Evans Head in No 1s (Round Five), No 3s (Round Six), No 7s Bonalbo/Casino RSM (Round Six). They will be away to Ballina (Round Six) in No 5s.

Rounds for No 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 will be as scheduled on Saturday April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13.

The play-off between the winners of No7A and 7B will be at East Lismore on May 6.

THE water entered the clubhouse of Lismore City, in the heart of flood territory, and ruined carpets and furniture. Greens went under but the greenkeeper had them repaired quickly when the flood receded.

Relief fund

SINCE 2011 Bowls Australia in partnership with state/territory associations, has had a disaster relief fund to assist bowls clubs.

The fund is available in three categories - replenishing loss of equipment, restoring community facilities, restoring social networks and functioning.

Affected clubs can apply for funding through the Bowls Australia website. The national body Australia says 100% of the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund would be directed to clubs in need. It encourages non-affected clubs to raise money for the fund.

Big lead

CASINO RSM is leaving the rest of the clubs in its wake in NRDBA top grade pennants. A 10-point 30-shot win over East Lismore in Round Six has placed it 20 points ahead of second-placed Ballina.

Newly-promoted Evans Head is third after picking up a rink point from Ballina.

The nine points Ballina received for the win is no indication of the closeness of the game - only one shot separated the two sides.

The South Lismore-Lennox Head clash didn't eventuate. It is listed in the NRDBA's rescheduled program.

The current table is: Casino RSM 58, Ballina 38, Evans Head 22, South Lismore 18, East Lismore 14, Lennox Head 10.

New competition

THE success of the Bowls Premier League that spread this year to New Zealand has encouraged Bowls Australia to start the BPL Cup, open to all club-registered bowlers.

Play will be two-bowl triples with rules the same as in the main competition. Club-based teams will play off at district level with winners progressing to a state final.

Winners of the state final will play in a national final in November at the Australian home of the Premier League, Brisbane's Pine Rivers and be crowned national champion.

It will cost about $50 for a team of three to enter on-line.

The main competition, won in March by defending champs the Sydney Lions in New Zealand, will return to Pine Rivers on November 14-17.

Drought breakers

SOUTH Australia came from behind to break a 29-year drought when the Australian Sides championship wound up in Adelaide on Sunday. It was South Australia's first win in the event since 1988.

They did it on a countback with the Tasmanians who were chasing their first ever Alley Shield and had the same number of wins as the South Aussies.

Had Tasmania won its last match against defending champion Victoria it would have carried it off, but it went down by two shots.

The overall men's result was South Australia 1, Tasmania 2, Queensland 3, Victoria 4, New South Wales 5, Western Australia 6, ACT 7, Northern Territory 8.

In the women's Marj Morris Trophy, Queensland won its 10th, but the first since 2011. They finished ahead of New South Wales and Victoria with the other states also-rans.

Good showing

FORMER Alstonville/South Lismore whiz kid Indi Conlan, now with Brisbane club Enoggera, was part of an invitational side selected to test the Queensland side chosen for the Australian titles. The new-look state side had a big win but it put the brilliant kid in the selectors' sight. Said one selector: "Part of what we do in these trials is test a player's personality and character. Teams have to combine well so we look at everything, not just the excellence of the bowls."

RIP Greg

GREG Kelly, the Tweed Heads bowls writer credited with being an integral part of the early success and growth of the Australian indoor championships at Tweed Heads, has died.

Easter tournament

SOUTH Lismore is showing that floods can't keep a good club down. It is staging an Easter men's pairs/open triples carnival this Friday and Saturday - three games each day with a total $4100 prize pool. Cost $25 each day includes lunch. Phone entries to 6621 3510.

MY VIEW: RETURN OF NATIONAL TITLES

IT'S TAKEN 13 years for officials to wake up that the game lost something with the demise of the Australian titles. Last time they were played was at Sydney club Harbord in 2004.

It was known then as the Australian Champion of Champions, a misnomer these days when C-of-C events pit club champions against one another.

The resurrected titles just finished in Adelaide showed that South Australia and Tasmania have done a lot of catching up with bowling skills. The two states needed a countback to separate them. And they left the big name states, New South Wales and Victoria well behind.

South Australia has shown in the Premier League competition with players of the calibre of world champion Wayne Rueidger, Australian Jackaroo Scott Thulborn and former Jackaroo Max Kleinig that it has undergone vast improvement.

But the little Apple Isle cleaning up the top dogs? Now that's a real surprise.



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