Alstonville's Indi Conlan guides another one down during play at this year's South Lismore Bowling Club $6000 Country Classic Pairs. The event featured two days of high class action. Photo Stuart Turner /
Alstonville's Indi Conlan guides another one down during play at this year's South Lismore Bowling Club $6000 Country Classic Pairs. The event featured two days of high class action. Photo Stuart Turner / Stuart Turner

Conlan twin swaps bowls for education

INDI Conlan, one of the twins who have been wowing the bowls world since they began the game three years ago, has accepted an invitation to represent Papua-New Guinea at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

His brother Kit has elected to give up bowls for two years to further his education in Sydney.

The twins will have their 17th birthday this month.

Indi left the South Lismore club this year and is making a name for himself at Brisbane suburban club Enoggera where his ability has been recognised by a woman bowler with links to the association in Papua New Guinea. On her recommendation he received the invitation to represent that country at the Games.

In January the more studious Kit will leave the Ballina club, where he has been one of its top bowlers, to complete his education at Shore, the prestigious Sydney Church of England Grammar School.

His aunt, who teaches English at Shore, arranged the interview in Sydney that led to Kit's acceptance.

Shore has a long list of famous names who have studied there. Among them are former prime minister John Gorton, old-time Hollywood heartthrob Errol Flynn and many international sportsmen such as former Lismore cardiologist David Cody, a rugby union Wallaby.

Kit, who has represented North Coast in rugby union, rugby league and bowls, hopes to play with Shore's classy rugby union side.

The twins' father Mark Conlan, who bowls at Alstonville where the two boys began the game, said he was proud of what they had achieved in bowls at such a young age.

"Doing well at bowls is good, but a proper education is more important in the modern world,” he said.

Venues announced

BOWLS NSW has released the venues to which it has allocated next year's state events.

Pennant finals will be at - No 1: St Johns Park/Cabravale Diggers. No 2: Wagga Rules/Wagga RSL. No 3: Maitland City/Lorn Park. No 4: Tuncurry/Forster. No 5: Soldiers Point/Fingal Bay. No 6: South Tamworth/Tamworth City. No 7: Engadine/Taren Point.

Interzone sides will be at Port Macquarie City/Westport; senior sides at Taren Point/Sylvania; junior seven-a-side at West Dubbo.

Champion of club champions (singles and pairs) will be at Kiama. State championship finals will be at Ettalong. State junior championships will be at Warilla.

Bester wins again

CANADIAN international Ryan Bester, bowls co-ordinator at Broadbeach, was named Male Bowler of the Year when Bowls Australia announced its 2016 awards at a presentation night at Surfers Paradise. It's the second successive year Bester has taken the title.

Female Bowler of the Year is Australian champion of champions Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace).

Jono Davis, 15, of Dubbo, after a successful year in which he became part of the senior Trans Tasman development team, was awarded Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year. His female counterpart is Tiffiany Brodie, of Fitzroy, Victoria, the Australian Open junior singles champion.

Early training

DISABLED bowlers are getting in early with their preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. They have just undergone five days of gruelling activity in a para-camp at Broadbeach.

The Broadbeach club will be the venue for bowls at the Games which will run from April 4 -15, 2018.

After the recent camp, six vision-impaired bowlers were selected for the next training camp in February when the Jackaroos national squad will join in the preparation.

Bowls hub

THE Gold Coast, with its staging of major international events from world championships to the Commonwealth Games, has in the past couple of years zoomed to the forefront as the hub of Australian bowls.

The Queensland champion of champions, which can lead to taking part in the world title, is the latest important event to have been played there at Musgrave Hill.

Winning the title does not automatically qualify a player for the world event. The state titleholder has to also win the Australian champion of champions, a feat that former Ballina junior Aaron Teys has just performed.

New champions

NEWLY-introduced as a state championship, the NSW mixed pairs title was taken by Lauretta Marchese/Sam Laguzza (Kahiba). They beat Maelene Reynolds/Terry Pappas (Ashfield,Waverley) in a close final.

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