DEFENDING CHAMP: Brian Baldwin in action at Ballina.
DEFENDING CHAMP: Brian Baldwin in action at Ballina.

Strong field confronts Baldwin in bowls Singles

BRIAN BALDWIN expects a strong challenge to his Summerland Singles title at the Ballina Bowling Club starting today.

The Gold Coast bowler won the annual three-day tournament in 2007 and the 2008 event was washed out.

Baldwin, who also won the Wintersun Singles at Ballina in 2007, is among a quality line-up vying for the $11,000 purse.

Whiz-kid Aaron Teys, John Lang, Neil Burgess, Troy Makins, Tony Scott and father-son duo Rex and Daniel Foster will fly the Northern Rivers flag.

Baldwin’s Musgrave Hill club is rated second only to Helensvale on the Gold Coast in terms of playing strength with 500 bowling members.

“It’s always a strong field, at Ballina,” Baldwin said.

“(But) I know I can do it. The artificial green will take some getting used to but that just adds to the game.”

Foster confident

Summerland Pairs semi-finalist Peter Foster says his big finish on Monday has given him a measure of confidence for the opening day of the Singles tournament.

Foster, from St John’s Park in Sydney, was paired with Ballina’s Troy Makins and were up against top opposition in their semi-final; they lost 19-6 to eventual winners Joey Mills and Brent Cheyne.

“We were beaten by the better side but it does give you confidence because it means you’ve played well,” Foster said of his semi-final finish.

“Hopefully, I can take that (form) into the Singles.”

It is Foster’s second time competing in the Singles.

He represented NSW last year and has been a Zone representative since 1999.

The winner of the Singles tournament receives $4000 prizemoney.

Four players from each day’s play go through to the finals on Sunday.


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