Frost back as selector

WINDS of change will blow through the corridors of power with the election of Charlie Frost as a State selector.

It's a comeback for the former chairman of selectors for Australia and NSW, who has had a long spell on the sidelines.

His return no doubt has been influenced by his known, and often expressed, dissatisfaction with recent selection and administration processes.

Outspoken in his opinions, he'll be sure to make himself heard at top level.

Wouldn't surprise if there's a return to selection of some world-rated bowlers who have fallen out of State favour and all but disappeared off the radar.

PETER Foster (Iluka) showed ability out of the ordinary in 2008 when he took out the toughest of doubles - his club's major and minor singles in the one year - after only a short time in the game.

He showed it was no fluke when last weekend at East Maitland he became runner-up in the State President's reserve singles against zone winners from around NSW.

He cut a swathe through the opposition, winning the preliminary rounds comfortably, and seemed set for the title, only to falter at the last hurdle, going down 31-16 to a Moruya bowler in the final. Foster's performance was the best local effort at the playoffs.

Roley Tepper/Viv Ross (Ballina) made it to the quarter-finals of the senior pairs before being beaten 28-18 by a Cabramatta twosome.

Murwillumbah's John Felton was knocked out of the senior singles, losing 31-18 to a Wollongong bowler.

In the reserve pairs, Kevin Kelly/John Fergusson (Murwillumbah) were nudged out 21-20 in their round against a Punchbowl team.

LAST week's mention of official concern about poor attendances by juniors at trials for district selection brought a response from a Lismore father.

He claimed juniors were not given enough notification or information about the trials.

Junior bowls locally was so beset by politics, he said, that he was thinking of pulling his sons out of the game and having them take up cricket.

THE brochures are out for the end-of-year Ballina Summerland Series, the 45th year this event has been held.

The pairs, $10,240 prizemoney, will run from December 27 to 29; the $9760 singles will be January 2-4. Once again the qualifying rounds that were part of the series in previous years, have been replaced by a selection panel which, if entries exceed the 64 players/teams required, will make acceptances on the basis of achievements in singles and pairs competition.

Sports co-ordinator Tony Scott says more than 100 entries are expected for the 64 singles positions. Entries will close on November 29.

Scott gives a reminder: “Don't leave your entry on the fridge or you might be left out in the cold.”

MY VIEW 

THE reasoning behind Lismore Workers Heights' Super 10 open tournament set down for September 29 is sound but it presents difficulties for bowlers wanting to assemble a team.

To be eligible, teams must have 10 points or more, made up of three points for women and non-pennant players, and one point for each 2009 pennant grade - one for a No 1 player, two for No 2 and so on.

That debars three women bowlers from entering as one team. They would have nine points and be ineligible.

In my own case, I wanted to be in it but my regular team had three points for a woman player, three for me as a non-pennant bowler, and three for our usual team member who played No 3 pennants last season. Nine points. One point too few. We also are ineligible.

The 10-point minimum is a commendable attempt by the club to stage a tourney without having teams stacked with top graders.

But women might feel the method that lumps every one of them in the men's No 3 pennant category and prevents them from entering a three-woman team is not giving them a fair go.

The same with us non-pennanters. It's a compliment, but scarcely accurate, to be regarded as being of No 3 standard.

Not many good bowlers don't play pennants. I don't play because of my long-standing logo-phobia. But if I did, I'd most likely be carrying the Grippo for the 13th man in the No 7s.

It's a pity some of us have to miss the Super 10s, but Heights is to be congratulated on trying to circumvent the team-stacking that ruins many a tourney.

CASINO RSM'S Coca-Cola Triples (two-bowl) on October 19-20 offers $1650 a team first prize, down to $300 for fourth, plus five round winners of $150 a team.

The Monday play (8.30am start) will be three games of 21 ends. On the Tuesday (9am), it will be two games of 21 ends.

The first 28 teams will be accepted.

Entry of $120 a team includes a bistro lunch on both days.



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