Gava sets sights on title win
IT TOOK Nathan Gava two-and-a-half years before he eventually found his way on to the greens at the Alstonville Bowling Club.
Gava, 29, was working behind the bar at the time and was interested in seeing what all the fuss was about.
"They got me out there by chance one day and after that I took it up," Gava said.
"It definitely wasn't my plan to play when I started working there.
"I've changed jobs now but I'm still trying to play as much as I can."
Gava has just taken out the Northern Rivers District rookies competition which was held at the Alstonville Club.
He played the same competition last year and finished third at the state finals after making the semi-finals.
Gava will have to get past the next competition at zone level before making it to state again.
"I love playing and I'm looking to win it this year," Gava said.
"There is a lot of talent coming through in the rookies."
Gava is relatively young for the sport however he regularly comes up against 13-year-old Indi Conlan and his younger brother Kit.
It's a far cry from his days playing premier division soccer for Rovers in the Far North Coast competition
"Some of the kids coming through are unbelievable," Gava said.
"I think the key is definitely to start young.
"It takes a lot of concentration on the green and you're always thinking one shot ahead.
"Once I get out there I take it pretty seriously but we all come together and share stories at the end of it."
Gava has been part of a winning grade 5 pennants team and recently lost the clubs singles final 31-30 against Graham Higgins.
"He's a very capable bowler with a good temperament for it," club secretary Bob Thompson said.
The zone final will be held on August 31 at the Ballina RSL Club.