RECORD BREAKER: Karen Murphy will break a record when she plays in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.
RECORD BREAKER: Karen Murphy will break a record when she plays in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month. Don Scott

Impressive feat by Teys at world championships

LOCAL product Aaron Teys, whom one commentator said was "unquestionably in sublime form”, performed a remarkable bowls double at last week's World Youth championships, taking gold in singles and mixed pairs.

Teys, who has won the Australian Open singles and is in the state and national open teams, is building a remarkable record since going south to work as a Warilla greenkeeper.

In the world youth singles final he made light work of Ross Owen, of Wales, knocking him over 21-12, then joining with Ellen Ryan to slaughter the composite team of Shae Wilson (Norfolk Island) and Ryan Burnett (Scotland) 20-5 in a one-sided final.

Teys won both world titles the same day. He took the mixed pairs in the morning then followed it up with the singles in the afternoon.

The women's singles was won by West Australian Kristina Krstic who toppled New Zealand international Kaitlyn Inch 21-13.

Remembering Tony

TONY Morgan, the Evans Head greenkeeper who succumbed to cancer last year, is to have a green at the club named after him at a special day this Saturday.

Club chairman John Forshaw said: "Tony spent many years at our club, not only as our greenkeeper. He was a man who could do any job around the club, from replacing the concrete plinths around the greens to cabin repairs. His work on the greens was rewarded by Bowls NSW naming him Greenkeeper of the Year.”

The event will start at noon with the naming ceremony, followed by bowls and a barbecue. The cost for teams of four or singles entries is $10 a player (phone 6682 4343) with all proceeds going to the oncology unit at St Vincent's Hospital.

Record broken

WHEN Australia's most capped woman bowler, Karen Murphy, plays for her country at next month's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast she will become the first bowler of either gender to play at the five of these international events.

With the Games edging closer, Murphy hopes the rain will stay away and the greens will be fast and dry like the Broadbeach grass the Australian team has been training on.

"The wind makes it tricky,” she said. "It's right on the beach and there's usually a big nor'easter blowing. If it rains the greens will be slowed.”

A fast, dry track is expected to give the home side an advantage.

Murphy will be doing double duty. She will play the singles and the pairs with Kelsey Cottrell.

The men's singles will be a job for Games debutant Aaron Wilson who'll also play the pairs with Brett Wilkie and attempt to repeat the world pairs title they won in 2016.

Entries open

ENTRIES for the qualifying rounds for the Australian Open singles are now open. NSW will provide nine bowlers from games at Warilla and East Cessnock to be played from April 20 to 23. They will progress to the national finals at Tweed Heads on August 21 to 24. Entries will close at 4pm on March 25.

Wayne's World

BRISBANE club Pine Rivers' chief executive Wayne Moffatt has been elected by World Bowls as Asia and Oceania regional director. He will be responsible for ensuring continued recognition of the region at world level.

Moffatt's club has transformed the perception of bowls in Australia and New Zealand through the televised international Premier League competition it has run for five years.

Forward thinking

HOW did Bannockburn, a small club in a rural Victorian township near Geelong, population 5000, overcome a declining bowls membership?

They did it by the regional bowls manager and the club secretary hitting the streets, knocking on doors, speaking to people about the game and encouraging them to play it.

That was two years ago when Bannockburn was languishing with just six teams. By this year the number had doubled and 40 new bowlers were playing in the Thursday night competition.

Up on Queensland's Bribie Island, membership was declining and there were fears the Bongaree club could not survive. The club approached the University of the Third Age (U3A), the organisation that promotes learning as a means of keeping the minds of older people active. The approach was welcomed, U3A was looking for more outdoor activities for its members.

Bongaree's Marilyn Weston said: "Bongaree is well under way in the rejuvenation process and the future for our bowls club is very positive.”

MY VIEW . . .

ON RECRUITING

OVER the years I have repeatedly urged clubs to appoint a recruitment officer who does exactly what was done to save Victorian club Bannockburn - knock on doors and invite people to play our game.

People are inherently shy about taking on a sport they know nothing about and often would like to join a bowls club but don't know how to go about it. The personal approach could bring results. The worst it could do is let the public know that our game is friendly and is keen to have new players.

The personal approach seems a logical way of convincing people to play bowls, but our hierarchy has become used to sitting on their hands and waiting for newcomers to come to them.

They need a prickly pear under their comfortable seats to make them wake up to what is possible.

Rain delays

DESPITE rainy conditions, two of the three district singles categories were completed at the weekend. The Open was won by Peter Taylor who beat Alf Boston 31-24 in the final. In the Reserve, A Drooger took the title from C Wood 31-25.

The Senior final wasn't completed when J Wilson was leading B Hyde 20-7. This will be decided during the week.



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