Bowls news: Kyogle players' turkey trek cut in half
KYOGLE'S No 4 pennant winners won't need such a large cut lunch after all for their trek to the state finals. The venue has been changed. Instead of a 2320km round trip to and from Leeton, they will travel half the distance to Soldier's Point which is a mere 608 km (1216km round trip) from Turkey Territory.
Bowls NSW has switched the playoffs from Leeton because accommodation has been booked out for a Variety Club Bash there on the same weekend in August.
Saying the change was unavoidable and beyond its control, Bowls NSW has apologised to the two Leeton clubs and the bowlers involved for the inconvenience.
At Soldiers Point, Kyogle will be up against Crescent Head, Asquith and a Zone 3 side to be determined. The finals will be on the greens at nearby Nelsons Bay.
The No 1 pennant winner, South Lismore, has a big job ahead in its bid for a state flag at Dapto (1710km round trip). In its section the Southies will face Sydney powerhouse club St Johns Park, Port Macquarie City and Tuncurry.
THE Gold Coast has more bowlers than surfies for the next fortnight.
There's an influx of 4000 from around the globe taking part in the world's richest bowls tournament, the $225,000 Australian Open. It started last Saturday on the greens at 12 Gold Coast clubs and will take 13 days for the winners to be decided. The Gold Coast already is a winner - an estimated $45 million is being infused into its economy.
It's early days to pick who'll be champion but the international stars have performed up to expectations. All eyes were on Scotland's four-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alex Marshall, widely regarded as the world's best. Marshall, who's won the world indoors championship six times, got off to a great start, winning all three of his matches.
In good form, too, were three New Zealanders - Richard Girvan, Gary Lawson and Shannon McIlroy - all undefeated in the opening round. Canadian Ryan Bester won his three matches, but Scottish world champion Graeme Archer lost one. Former England captain Stuart Airey went through the opening sectionals with an unblemished record and is an early tip to take out the title.
ALSTONVILLE aims to put 150 bowlers on its greens this Sunday to celebrate the 150th year of the village's existence. The format will be teams of five players, some of whom will be representing businesses and organisations. There'll be prizes for winning teams, novelty awards and entertainment.
It'll get under way at 10.30am and the cost, $10 a head, includes bowls and lunch. Entries can be made by phoning the club on 6628 0497.
FORMER Ballina-Evans Head prodigy Aaron Teys is among 10 NSW bowlers who have qualified for the $30,000 Australian Singles at Tweed Heads on August 24-27. Teys, for some years a greenkeeper at Warilla, has been making a name for himself there.
Others to qualify are Ben Glasson (Mt Lewis), Jeremy Henry (Warilla), Clinton Doust (East Maitland), Chris Herden (South Tamworth), Trevor Aitchison (Mayfield West), Lee Stinson (Orange), Jay Breust (Narooma), Gerard Short (Austral), Josh Berry (St Johns Park).
Last year's singles winners, David Holt and Jamie-Lee Worsnop, will defend their title.
STATE greenkeepers will have their hands full when they meet the Legends at Corrimal in the annual series on July 27.
Take a look at three of the skips they'll be up against - Steve Glasson, Shane Garvey, Brett Duprez. They're legends, all right.
SHUTTING UP SHOP
BOWLS NSW operations manager Michael Beaumont has seen fit to wind up his on-line journal after 60 have appeared. I didn't always agree with his views but at least he was what is unusual at state level - a voice prepared to tell it how it is.
He doesn't say why he is shutting up shop but we wonder if pressure has been put on him by his Bowls NSW bosses. He gives no hint of that but is there an inkling in his stressing his online journal was '100% unofficial' and was 'written in my spare time, not in office time', that sometimes his voice was too strong for the powers that be?
In his final journal entry, Michael Beaumont takes to task those bowlers who say they never see Bowls NSW development officers or regional bowls managers. He says these officers visit clubs to 'help build or strengthen infrastructure'.
"Unless you serve on a committee or on a board why in hell would you expect to 'see' one of them?" he asks. "What would you be expecting them to do? Dance for you?"
A former development officer himself, Michael Beaumont should know the growing army of these officers isn't having much success in developing bowls. Perhaps they would be better used giving dance lessons.