Hard fought triumph at bowls carnival
A NASTY bug and tough opposition could not stop Kris Lehfeldt and Michael Anderson taking the top honours at one of Lismore's biggest one-day bowls carnivals.
The Ballina Cherry Street duo captured the first prize at this year's $3100 Classic Men's Pairs at Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club yesterday.
It was a hard-fought triumph for the pair, with a bug-stricken Anderson defying sickness to help his team record three wins out of three and secure the title.
Delighted Lehfeldt was full of praise for his ailing teammate's efforts.
"I said to Michael, 'if you are going to play like that when you are sick, get sick more often'," Lehfeldt said with a smile.
"One of his kids and his wife have been sick and now he's had it too.
"I was a bit worried about him this morning (and) I know it was hard work for him.
"It was a good win."
A full roster of 42 teams featuring top players from the New South Wales north coast and southern Queensland took part in the High Street club's competition.
Sides played three matches, picking up points for each victory.
Teams were then placed according to the margin of victories, with Anderson and Lehfeldt taking the title - and the $1000 top prize - thanks to their aggregate score of +42.
The win cemented Anderson and Lehfieldt's reputation as one of the most dangerous teams on the region's circuit.
It was also a big boost to the pair ahead of the $8000 Classic Country Pairs at South Lismore, which gets under way on Thursday.
Lehfeldt said he and his partner were now eyeing further successes.
"I started playing against Michael when I was 13," he said. "He was fantastic opposition for many years and he is good to play alongside.
"Michael has a good attitude. He just says, 'if you think you can play that shot, play it'.
"We enjoy each other's company and it is working well."
South Lismore duo Alex Colligan and Ben McCall played some excellent bowls to finish runners-up with a +32 margin.
Broadbeach duo Clinton Bailey and Scott De Jong (+26), took third, with Tweed Heads pairing Latif Karim and Paul Girdler fourth on +25.
Casino's Jason Bultitude and South Lismore's David Ball were fifth with a +22 margin.
Nine teams compiled a 100% winning record from their three matches.