AWESOME FOURSOME: Jamie Eichorn was in the South Lismore team that made the semi-finals of the state fours at Ettalong.
AWESOME FOURSOME: Jamie Eichorn was in the South Lismore team that made the semi-finals of the state fours at Ettalong. The Northern Star

BOWLS: South Lismore team loses NSW semi in a thriller

A SOUTH Lismore team, with a 16-year-old schoolkid playing second, made the state fours semi-finals at Ettalong only to be nudged out 21-20 by the eventual title winner, Merrylands, skipped by former New Zealand international Neil Burkett.

The Southies - Shaun Dwyer, Indi Conlan, Dan Foster and Jamie Eichorn - were leading 17-13 after 16 ends, then lost a four next end for the scores to be tied 17-17.

Both teams scored twos - the tally was deadlocked again 19-19 with two ends to play. The Southies had the best of the second last end, landing a single to lead by one into the decider.

It took magnificent draw shots by Burkett and his third Michael Clarke to provide the two shots that enabled the Sydneysiders to take the title by the skinniest of margins.

State championships in all disciplines are being run this week at Ettalong.

In the Reserve singles, Terry Lee (Condong) also made the semi-finals and was beaten 31-17 by the eventual championship winner Dale Scrivener (Singleton).

Rookie success

POTTSVILLE bowlers made their presence felt at the state rookies finals at Raymond Terrace. John Koning, the local zone champion in both singles and pairs, made it to the state singles semi-finals and won two of the three pairs games with Peter McGuiness.

After winning his singles section with victories of 17-10, 17-3 and a 14-17 loss, Koning was beaten 17-12 in the semi by Scott Davis (Teralba) who went on to take the title 17-10 from Ayhan Senol (Hillsdale).

Senol, partnered by Saso Ikitogia, made amends by taking the pairs championship in a 14-13 thriller against an East Maitland team.

McGuiness/Koning were equal second in their pairs section with two wins after a disastrous 8-14 start in the opening round.

New ideas

CLUBS keen to build up numbers for their social days are trying a variety of means to attract bowlers. Lismore Heights, with its $400 Super Friday Pairs, started when the club looked like folding, has shown the way. Greens are always filled.

Alstonville is now moving from its usual format, starting this Saturday at 1pm.

It is the Saturday Shootout, two games, each 10 ends of pairs, at the end of which winners play winners with a two-end shootout. The winning team gets $100; losers (out of the hat) $50.

Administration army

A WHILE back we gave a lengthy list of official positions at state and national level. Soon, we said, we might have more chiefs than Indians.

You can add to the Bowls Australia list a chairman of the National Advisory Group. And the national body is advertising 'an exciting opportunity' for an Education and Training Co-ordinator.

Bowls Australia says it has concluded its search for someone to head its advisory group by appointing Victorian John Roberts.

His job is to give the Bowls Australia Board advice on how to officiate within Australia and internationally.

The one who'll get the other job will be required to 'facilitate the education and training of the bowls workforce (coaching, officiating and club volunteers)'.

I wonder when they'll think up a title for the one who thinks up titles for the army of administrators.

Decision made

ZONE boundary changes have been ongoing for nearly three years. With so many people on hand to make decisions at state level, that's a long time to ponder which way to go.

Now, however, Bowls NSW says it's come to a decision. From the start of next year, zones 4, 5, 6, 11, 13 will be changed. They're the only ones affected. .

Zone 4 and 5 will merge to form Zone 5 - the remaining three districts will affiliate with Zone 4. In Zone 6, Manning district will become Zone 11, while the two Hunter districts expected to operate as Zone 6.

The existing zones 11 and 13 will amalgamate to create a single zone to be known as Zone 13.

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