Teys the best our region has ever produced?
IF confirmation was needed that Aaron Teys is the best lawn bowler our area has produced, he has added the Australian champion of champions singles title to his growing list of national achievements.
Already an Australian Open champion, the former Ballina-Evans Head junior now 22 and playing at Warilla, landed his latest victory the hard way - he was a match behind Broadbeach's Canadian international Ryan Bester going into the seventh round at Keilor, Victoria.
Bester, who'd been having a brilliant year, needed only a win to take the title. It seemed he had it in the bag, but he went down 21-13 to Mark Dulihanty, of Canberra, in the final battle.
Teys, who'd recovered from an unlikely first round 21-16 loss to Peter Harris (Western Australia), went into his decider needing to win by two shots or more to claim the title. He beat his opponent, Ashley Halls (South Australia) by six.
Teys and the winner of the women's championship, Carla Krizanic (Victoria) now have earned a place in next year's world champion of champions event to be held at St Johns Park, Sydney.
"I'm stoked to get the opportunity to play for a world title,” Teys was quoted as saying after his win. "It's been one of my goals since I was a young feller - and it's only about an hour away from Warilla.”
BOWLS Victoria, which had applied to the state administrative tribunal for an exemption to run single-gender events, has withdrawn the application. It had sought a ruling 'based on new and untested exceptions inserted by the state government into the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act'.
Bowls Victoria now advises its clubs that if they conduct men's championships in triples, fours, minor singles and any other men's event or tournament, they should apply for an exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to 'mitigate the risks of a discrimination claim'.
BOWLS Australia has heeded the recommendations of an internal review committee and made significant changes to its national rankings system.
It has adopted 'rolling rankings' which allow players to keep points for performances for 12 months, instead of one month. There's also an adjustment to state championship points. These now are to be based on the number of entrants in the previous year's events.
Champions of states whose championship entries have risen over the years will now be allocated more points.
Points for state champion of champions will still be calculated on the number of clubs in the state.
The national body gives an instance of its rolling rankings - Aron Sherriff, now ranked No 2 after a second in the Australian Open, would previously have held the points benefit of his achievement for just one month. Now the points will stay with him until next June.
THE state Rookies singles final played at Raymond Terrace went to Troy McGregor (Padstow) who beat Ben Clark (Narromine) 17-12.
Our Zone One rep, Brendan Sheppard (Cabarita Beach) finished second in his section with results 7-17, 17-7, 17-14.
South Lismore's Jack Olley/Scott Gough also lost only one game in their three rounds of the rookies' pairs. They were beaten in the first round 7-11 by the eventual winners, Aaron Clark/Sam Cook, of Narromine, then went on to take the next two games 15-9, 12-9.
THE NSW Under-18 side overcame threatened rain and cyclonic winds as Adelaide reeled under a once-in-50 years storm during the Australian junior championships. The event schedule was changed several times to allow play to be conducted in the best possible conditions.
In the three-day competition, NSW swamped the other states, winning seven medals from eight disciplines and claiming the Overall Champion State, Boys' and Girls' Champion State.
At the conclusion of the tournament, three of the NSW side - Jono Davis, Louise Cronan and Kate Matthews - were selected for the 2016-17 Junior Jackaroos.