Taylor keeps youngies honest
IAN Taylor caught the eye in more ways than one at this year's Summerland Singles - even if his bid for honours eventually came up just short.
The Kingscliff player and former Australian international produced some excellent bowls to reach the final of this year's $11,000 event, but found Canadian player Ryan Bester too hot to handle in the decider.
A mid-match surge proved decisive as Broadbeach player Bester recovered from a 10-8 deficit to power to an eventual 31-17 victory in Sunday afternoon's showdown at Ballina Cherry Street Bowls Club.
Taylor admitted he had been unable to find an answer to his rampaging opponent.
"He played better than me, simple as that," he said.
"I gave a shot away at 10-8. He took a few shots in a row and was tough to stop.
"You cannot afford to let these good players get too far ahead of you.
"He was just too good on the day."
Taylor enjoyed a fine career in the sport, representing his country and playing across the world.
He moved to Kingscliff about nine years ago, around the time he decided to retire from the rinks.
A friendly chat over a beer with mates and fellow bowls players about four years ago convinced him to hit the greens again.
Now he combines playing with coaching and door duties at his home-town club.
Taylor also boasts an unusual windmilling arm-motion when he delivers his bowls.
He has always had a twisty action but developed his technique further playing on heavy overseas greens several years ago.
"The coaches left me for dead, so I just developed it myself," he said with a grin.
"If you develop something like this and it works for you, go for it.
"I think everyone has their own style of delivery. As long as you are confident on the mat, that's the main thing.
"I still get a buzz at events like (the Summerland Singles). It's good to test yourself against these good players."