Sivewright gets it right on the green
HE MAY not play much but Peter Sivewright is clearly the man you need under pressure.
The 59 year old teamed up with Bruce Armbruster, Paul Constable and Maureen Martin to take this year's $6000 Australia Day Fours at South Lismore.
After winning their opening four matches in convincing fashion, the team found themselves one down on the final end in their fifth and deciding match.
Skip Sivewright pulled one out of the bag with the final shot to seal victory for his team - and claim a much-cherished triumph.
"I think I would have had to run a mile (from my teammates) if I hadn't pulled that one out," he said. "I had my running shoes ready.
"I don't get to play much so I don't win too many. This is probably the biggest one I have won.
"It's a pretty good feeling."
More than 100 players from across the region, together with visitors from northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland, contested the two-day event the weekend.
Home players Sivewright, Constable, Armbruster and Martin, from Casino RSM, took the title after claiming the highest aggregate margin (42) from their five successful matches.
Despite rain and wind making for tricky conditions, Sivewright said he had enjoyed the competition at the Wilson St club.
"The Fours format is always good fun." the Caniaba player said.
"I think we got a bit lucky with the draw, but Maureen and Bruce bowled really well."
Sivewright, who started playing about seven years ago, said he was planning to splash out on some new gear with his share of the $2000 top prize.
"I might buy myself some new shorts and pants," he said. 'That'll keep me going for the pennants season.
"For me, bowls is about the friendship and mates. I'd say 99 per cent of the people you play with and against are great people.
"I really enjoy it."