Bowls news: SA green keepers share the spoils

A SOUTH Australian greenkeepers team took out the first title, the fours, at the $225,000 Australian Open on the Gold Coast which this year had more bowlers, venues, matches and prizemoney than ever before.

The team - Steven Dennis, Nathan Pedersen, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn - was runner-up last year. This time it took a last bowl by skip Thulborn when he was down by two shots on the final end to grab a win over Dean McWhinney, Ian Law, Shannon McIlroy and Paul Girdler.

FIESTA TIME: Gail Marczan bowling for Evans Head against South Lismore in the recent Fiesta Fours at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club.
FIESTA TIME: Gail Marczan bowling for Evans Head against South Lismore in the recent Fiesta Fours at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club. Cathy Adams


Seven-year-old sensation

INTERNATIONAL stars aren't the big drawcard at the Australian Open.

The bowler who has been wowing the Gold Coast crowds is seven years old - Jett Simmons, of Melbourne. He's a busy boy, too. He's been more than holding his own in the under-18 singles, and in the open men's pairs and fours. Jett says if he gets his hands on some of that big prizemoney he'll buy a car. And who said bloodlines don't count? Jett's dad is Todd Simmons, his brother Dylan Fisher. Both have represented Victoria and Australia. Dylan said it was "scary" how good the seven-year-old was getting.

Also showing it's in the genes are father and son Steve Glasson and his boy Ben.

Ben is the eldest of Steve's four sons and his dad's skill has rubbed off. He's won a NSW state triples title, and was NSW Junior Bowler of the Year. Steve is a household name - a former world champion and the current Australian coach and selector.


More disapproval

BALLINA RSL is another local bowls club incensed by what it said in its newsletter is Bowls NSW's "staggering" increase in capitation fees.

"The committee, along with many from the district and indeed the state, are voicing their disapproval on your behalf to the Royal," the newsletter told members.

It said the committee was investigating introducing a second tier of "transitional" membership for new bowlers and those who didn't want to play championships or pennants.


What's the difference?

BALLINA RSL's reference to the "Royal" brings to mind Bowls NSW operations manager Michael Beaumont saying in his journal that while speaking with a club bowls committee he was asked what was the difference between Bowls NSW and the Royal. He couldn't convince them the two were the same organisation, that "it's just bringing the image up to speed".

No, they're different, he was told. One seemed to get involved in things and the other didn't.

I suppose old habits die hard.


Good numbers

LISMORE Heights continues to consolidate after its de-amalgamation with the Workers' Club. It had 136 bowlers on its greens for the first Greenkeepers' Day since the club was resuscitated.


Live streaming

FANS hungry to see bowls on the screen will be able to watch next month's big events on their home computer, tablet or smart phone. Bowls NSW is live-streaming 30 hours of this year's state championships and rookies final. The rookies' event will be from Raymond Terrace on October 17-18; the championships from Ettalong on October 29-30.

Anyone with internet access will be able to view the live stream from 9am to 5pm each day. This type of presentation is a first for bowls in NSW and is aimed at filling the void left by ABC cancelling its weekly television coverage.

Bowls NSW is asking clubs to use their TV screens that have internet connectivity to use the live coverage as a means of attracting people on to the premises.


Bowlers wanted

THE Far North Coast past presidents will play at Sawtell and Woolgoolga on their trip away on October 9-11. The contact is David Croft (6685 0067).

Before then, they will take on their Tweed-Byron counterparts in the Hulbert-Bonnar Shield at Brunswick Heads on Tuesday, July 14. Eighteen bowlers are required.

Secretary Len Sully stresses that if the side isn't filled, the shield is another tradition that will fold. Names are required (6686 8971) by July 4.


Report on sale

HEARD a bowler say he'd never seen a Bowls NSW annual report. Well, he can now.

The state body is advertising its annual report and year book is on sale for $15 plus $4 postage and handling. Making money out of an annual report is something new.

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