Allan Parker (red hat), of Yamba, represented Zone One in the state pairs with Alan Abbott.
Allan Parker (red hat), of Yamba, represented Zone One in the state pairs with Alan Abbott. Bruce Thomas

Sherriff wins grand slam

WHEN Aron Sherriff took out this year's NSW pairs championship at Ettalong he became only the second player in history to win the grand slam - all four of the state's bowls titles in his career.

The only other time this has been done was by Gordon Sargeant who won eight NSW championships between 1926 and 1961.

Sherriff and his pairs partner Lee Trethowan, playing on their home green on Sherriff's 30th birthday, had a Merrylands pair skipped by former New Zealand international Neil Burkett concede the game and the title after the 19th end when the score was 25-12.

Sherriff, who has been a mainstay of the Australian team since his debut in 2007, has made 206 international appearances for his country.

Zone One's reps in the state pairs, Allan Parker/Alan Abbott (Yamba) went out in the elimination round, beaten 22-13 by a Dapto team.

Teys beaten

AUSTRALIAN Open singles champ, our home-grown Aaron Teys, had an easy path into the second round of the state singles.

He was given a first round forfeit by Don Plummer, of Yamba. In the semi Teys was beaten 31-11 by Nathan Wise (Dubbo Railway) who went on to lose the final to Ray Pearse (Cabramatta) 31-24.

It was the third time Pearse has won the prestigious state singles title. He made it a double this year by winning the state pairs.

The state senior singles went to Terry McCabe (Windale Gateshead).

Graham Meany (Yamba) had the narrowest of losses, 31-30, in the elimination round.

State struggles

APART from stellar performances by the South Lismore team, nudged out of the state fours semi-final by one shot by the eventual winner, and Condong's Terry Lee, also beaten in a reserve singles semi- final by the eventual winner, the other disciplines didn't have an easy time at state level.

In the triples, Peter Backs/Greg Barrack/Trevor Hills (Kingscliff) went out in the elimination round, beaten by a Cabramatta team skipped by the man who went on to take the state singles title for the third time, Ray Pearse.

Pearse's team won the pairs final 23-20 against the Warilla team of Northern Ireland great, Jeremy Henry.

The zone's reps in the senior pairs, Bruce Angel/Stephen Kliendienst (Yamba) lost the opener 27-12 to a Dapto team.

In the reserve pairs Don Proudlock/Harold Croft (Brunswick Heads) had a close tussle before bowing out 25-22 to a St John's Park pair.

Sydney powerhouse

THE 2017-18 world singles champion of champions event has been awarded to St John's Park, the powerhouse club 35 km west of Sydney's business district.

This extends the world championship's run on Australian soil to two years - Helensvale, on the Gold Coast, will stage it in 2015-16.

Play pits the title-holders of 24 nations against one another. In its 12 years, Australia has won the singles title five times, including three in a row - Leif Selby (2008), Brett Wilkie (2009), Aron Sherriff (2010).

The women's world champion or champion singles previously has been won by Kelsey Cottrell (2009 - the same year as Wilkie) and Karen Murphy (2013).

Flapper recognised

MATTHEW Flapper hasn't had star publicity, but he's now been recognised in Bowls Australia's annual awards which named him International Bowler of the Year.

Flapper (Ocean Grove) who has just announced his retirement from international competition, made a name for himself with outstanding performances at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Canadian, now Gold Coaster, Ryan Bester was given the award as Australia's Male Bowler of the Year.

Female Bowler of the Year is Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace). It's a title she's won previously, in 2012.

In the Under-18 category, Jono Davis (Dubbo) - widely regarded as Australia's brightest young prospect - won the male award; Jamie-Lee Worsnop (St John's Park) the female.

Entered into the Hall of Fame were Audrey Hefford (South Australia), Dorothy Roche (NSW), Bob King (NSW), Donald Woolnough (Victoria).


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