Comeback for Heights in progress

Indi Conlon
Indi Conlon Patrick Gorbunovs

THE BIG comeback. Lismore Workers Heights - struggling to keep its doors open since last June when trading ended - is forecast to be back in full operation by the end of September.

Club president Kel Lavis oozes confidence.

He said the draft agreement on the return of the Heights operation from the Workers club had gone back to the parent body.

The bowls club now expected court approval for the liquor and gaming licences within a couple of months.

"We have the money and a new name has been registered - the Lismore Heights Sports, Recreation and Community Club," Lavis said.

Under the agreement, the Workers Club would return the property and full autonomy to the new club.

Lavis said since the fight for survival began in June, the club had continued to put more players on the green than any other bowls club in the district.

It averages 40 bowlers each social day. The club has social play six days a week - men three days, women two, mixed one.

The highly successful Friday Super Pairs, which in August has been running five years, regularly fills two greens to capacity.



WITH Rocco, my Italian mate, I played in the filled-to-overflowing Heights Super Friday Pairs last week. On the green there was unbounded confidence in the club's future.

"We can't wait for things to be settled so we can get back to normal," a bowler told me.

Meanwhile, the club persists with breaking play for a concentration-busting afternoon tea. For this, the current no liquor trading has resulted in eskies of liquid sustenance becoming part of the bowls equipment of Heights players.

Eskies and a sausage sizzle usually are part of a backyard barbecue. But at Heights they might break continuity, but somehow they add to the experience.


Dramatic final

FOR the fifth time in 11 years, Kevin Troy was runner-up in the Alstonville major singles championship.

This year he was bridesmaid to 14-year-old bowls prodigy Indi Conlan.

In what was a brilliant final played before an appreciative big crowd, Troy had the game won when, after being down 20-12 at one stage, then hitting the front, then down 30-28, he was holding four shots.

With a coolness beyond his age, schoolboy Conlan drove and killed the end, then drew the shot to take the title 31-28.

It was the 14-year-old's first tilt at the club's blue ribbon major event after playing bowls with his twin brother for not much more than a year. On the way to the final, he ousted two former singles champions.


Bad habits

GOING up to the head after every bowl in singles then sauntering back for the next delivery, not only is unnecessary but is a time-wasting intrusion for those watching the game.  

Both players did it in 14-year-old Indi Conlan's major championship win and it spoilt what was an otherwise magnificent display of brilliant bowls.

The marker is there to give the position of bowls in the head.

But the big-timers do it on TV so how is a 14-year-old with the brightest of futures ahead of him to know it's a habit to avoid?


Clubs collapse

CANBERRA'S budgetary problems are not restricted to parliamentary circles. Bowls clubs there are having their own financial struggles.

South Canberra and Southern Cross have closed their doors in recent years; West Deakin has forecast it will finish next year.

By contrast, Canberra City is confident of a long-term future by moving its greens to its golf course in Gungahlin, said to be the fastest growing suburb in Australia.


Wrong bowl

WHAT should be done when a player delivers a bowl that isn't theirs? It's not that uncommon.

An umpire says the delivered bowl, where it finishes, should be replaced by the player's own bowl.

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