Isaac Gardner of Townsville during sectional play at the Summerland Pairs. Gardner, with his father John, failed to make it through to the finals.
Isaac Gardner of Townsville during sectional play at the Summerland Pairs. Gardner, with his father John, failed to make it through to the finals. Jay Cronan

Ian Schuback wins through

FORMER Australian star Ian Schuback says there’s no chance of a full comeback despite winning through to the quarter-finals of the Summerland Pairs at the Ballina Bowling Club.

Schuback, who has been out of the game at the top level for 10 years, combined with Walter Jacobs (Taren Point) to take out his section yesterday then progress in post-sectional play last night.

They defeated Greg Hardman (Gold Coast) and Peter Foster (St Johns Park) 16-13.

“It was a case of deja vu,” Schuback said.

“I’ve come to Ballina and here’s Steve Halmai, an Eng-lishman I beat on the way to my first world title.

“And (former Australian representative) Ian Taylor’s here after making a comeback. I played against thema lot in the 1990s.”

Now a TV commentator for the ABC’s bowls coverage, Schuback won a singles silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Four years later he combined with Queenslander Trevor Morris to win the pairs gold in Auckland.

He also claimed four world indoor titles.

In other post-sectional games last night:

Rod Smith and Brian Cornish (Beenleigh) defeated Michael Turner and Andrew Hill (Kingscliff) 12-4.

The composite pair of Chris Herdon (South Tamworth) and David Ferguson (Engadine) cruised past Dennis Morgan and Bernie Lamberton (Byron Bay) 19-4.

Steve Massey and Steve Halmai (Condong) defeated Tony Dalton and Roger Hainsworth (Iluka) 17-7.

The only major shock yesterday was the failure of 2007 Summerland Pairs winners Chris Ramage and Neville Downs (Soldiers Point) to progress.

The quarter-finals today will start at 9am. The semi-finals and final will be played in the afternoon.

Misty rain fell for most of the day yesterday and the lights were used throughout.



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