Teys continues to grow in stature

BALLINA youngster Aaron Teys, not yet 16, added another notch to the belt that is getting increasingly well-decorated, by taking out the open district champion of champions fours at East Lismore at the weekend.

Skipping a hot team comprised of his father Craig, Reece Wilson and Tony Scott, he notched up a resounding result in the final against K McGuire, B Malcolm, G Maloney, G Lightfoot, taking it out 30-7.

Teys' team was given a fright in the semi-final though, just managing to hold out dark horses Alasdair Watts, Nev Kerr, John Helmood, Perc Langby (Heights) 24-22.

In the district champion of champions triples played at Evans Head, Rob Pollack's East Lismore team almost brought off their own major upset.

After scraping into the final by one point, Pollack, Graham Thompson and Ray Kirkland came up against three of Ballina's Big Seven - David Zorzo, Troy Makin, Richard Latta - and were edged out by a similar margin, 19-18.

Having a shot

OUTSPOKEN former Australian coach Robbie Dobbins didn't mince words when NSW handed Queensland a 3-0 drubbing in the interstate clash on Tweed Heads' indoor green.

Dobbins, newly-appointed coach of the Bananabenders, said the 14-15sec pace of the indoor carpet suited NSW more than his side, who were used to playing on tiftdwarf running at 16 or 17sec.

“In future we've got to start playing at venues to suit our players' skills and where we have an advantage, rather than the opposition,” he told the magazine Qld Bowler.

“It's like in cricket, going out and preparing your wicket to suit spinners when you're playing India … it's crazy.”

Next up, Queensland took on the ACT on the outdoors green at South Tweed - and completed a clean sweep.

New CEO

QUEENSLAND has just appointed a new 38-year-old chief executive officer who says he's not a complete novice at the game - he's 'rolled up once or twice'.

People who believe bowls should be run by a bowler will be watching to see if a fresh unbiased approach will be to the game's benefit.

Take your place

WITH one green out, Maclean can take only 26 teams in its Mareeba Mixed Three-bowl Triples on November 7. Last few places are available by ringing 66 45 3711. The club will follow this tourney up with another big event - the $3510 XXXX Gold Men's Classic (two-bowl triples) on November 28.

Mum is the word

UP at Tweed Heads, the Dodsley Shield is competed for annually among those with less than two years' experience at bowls.

This year, after a field of 21 fought it out, the final was down to 41-year-old Wendy Wilson and her pint-sized 12-year-old son Brendan. Mum won.

Not a good way to get your boy to carry your bowls bag.

My view

IT DIDN'T take long for me to be corrected after last week's mention that the Burgess family's club fours championship at East Lismore was a one-off for the district.

What about the Doreys? I was reminded.

How could I have overlooked the Doreys! They've been a Broadwater bowls institution since 1955 when the family bought and donated the land the club stands on.

And a father and three sons didn't win just one club fours title there, they won every one of them FOR 10 YEARS!

Tim, Jack, Doug Dorey, with their dad, John senior, gave no one else a look-in from 1957-58 to 1967-68.

In 1982, Tim with his three sons, Ken, Geoff and Ron, took the family record a step further by winning the district fours championship.

Then to cap it all, Tim and son Ken were runners-up in the Australian pairs championship in 1988.

Broadwater today, with its championship honour boards chock-a-block with Doreys, is the fifth smallest NRDBA club, but one of its most progressive and club-spirited. It has just opened a successful synthetic green, built by voluntary labour.

And - little known fact - in 1973, Broadwater was the first club in the district to be planted with tiftdwarf, though the green had a setback and Byron Bay was the first to play on the revolutionary new turf.

Other clubs can thank Broadwater for their tiftdwarf. In 1974 and 1980, the Broadwater turf was sold to Iluka, Evans Head, Grafton Services, Alstonville - even to Sydney clubs Mona Vale and Campsie.

Bowls has a lot to thank the Doreys and Broadwater for.

And don't you forget it.



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