Pairs comp super news for once struggling bowls club
LISMORE Heights, the club that fought back from closure, has more than survived - it's thriving.
The monthly competition idea it came up with, the Super Friday Pairs, has had a capacity field of 28 teams every play day for two years.
It started in August 2009 as a graded draw event with the aim of giving every team an equal chance of winning.
"It was welcomed by the average club bowler who detested being cannon fodder for the top guns in open draw events," says Heights organiser, the hard-working Jim Rank.
"Over the years some details have changed to address minor issues but the initial concept of providing reasonable prizemoney for a one-round afternoon mufti pairs game for the everyday social bowler remains."
Some of the regulars have been competing in every Super Friday since the event started.
It has a long-term sponsor, too, Country Meats, who's been behind it since December 2014.
Starting on February 5 a new prize structure will be introduced to include a third prize on each green, boosting total prizemoney from $400 to $540.
SOUTH Lismore, showing a return to form that made the club near unbeatable in the late 1900s, would be hard to bet against in this year's district open fours starting on Saturday.
It has three of the six teams in the field and play is on the Southies' own greens.
The match of the day has last year's district fours champions Shaun Dwyer, Indi Conlan, Daniel Foster and Jamie Eichorn defending their title against top-class clubmates Terry Knudson, Rod McCabe, David Ball and Ben McCall in the opening round.
Should skip Eichorn win the title, it will be the third year in a row he has taken it - he was Glen Pitts' lead when the championship went Southies' way in 2014.
The third South Lismore team in the event is skipped by Ian Martin, who is up against young gun Luke Jones and his Evans Head combo.
The winner of this game will play a hot Ballina four skipped by Kris Lehfeldt while the Eichorn-McCall clash victor will come up against a Ballina team skipped by Alf Boston.
The first two rounds of all three championships are on Saturday.
The reserves are at Broadwater and the seniors at Lennox Head.
While the open and reserves will play their finals on Sunday, the seniors' event will wind up the following Saturday.
AARON Teys has been nominated by Bowls NSW for its big double - NSW Male Bowler of the Year and Most Improved. They couldn't leave him out - he's the Australian Open singles champ.
The awards will be announced at a black-tie night in Sydney on February 24.
The other three nominees are Neil Burkett (Merrylands), Chris Herden (South Tamworth) and Ray Pearse (Cabramatta).
In the Most Improved category with Teys are Chris Herden, Mason Lewis (Merrylands) and Gareth Lewis (Merrylands).
In the running for NSW Female Bowler of the Year are Karen Murphy (Cabramatta), Kelly Richards (Raymond Terrace), Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace) and Claire Turley (Cabramatta).
ON THE ATTACK
JACK Attack, the indoor-outdoor bowls game that has been packing people into clubs around Australia, is being used in schools having difficulty getting to bowling greens.
A recent introduction of the game into the North Morley primary school in Western Australia, had the state's regional bowls manager lauding its success.
He was amazed at the "absolute stand-out ability that some of these kids have".
And did the kids enjoy it?
"Thank you for teaching us how to play this amazing sport," one said.
"Jack Attack is the best sport in the world," said another.
"It's so easy to learn when you have six teachers helping you."
WOMEN'S Bowls puts out a fine magazine.
But in a recent issue, under the heading Natural Justice, it tells its readers a club secretary should never accept a verbal complaint against a club member as it could be"'vexatious or simply gossip".
We all know that putting anything in writing is difficult for many people, though they are able to express themselves verbally.
Wouldn't it be better for a club secretary to accept the complaint, put it in writing and have the complainant sign it?
That would be more like natural justice.
Westpac Helicopter Appeal at Lismore Workers Sports on Saturday, February 13.