YOUNG STAR: Ellen Ryan will represent Australia at world championship level.
YOUNG STAR: Ellen Ryan will represent Australia at world championship level. Contributed

Women shine in premier league bowls

YOUNG women bowlers were the stand-out at the recent Bowls Premier League at Brisbane's Pine River club.

For the first time in the four years the league has been running it was mandatory for a female to be in each of the eight teams of three, from all Australian states and New Zealand.

They ranged from a 41-year-old Karen Murphy who has been an Australian rep an incredible 542 times, to 19-year-old Ellen Ryan and Breeanna Dixson, just 21.

The kids took on the world's best men bowlers and more than held their own. Their confidence and temperament on the big stage was something to see.

Ryan said it was great to be part of the best competition in Australia.

"It shows that girls are just as good as the guys, and it's good to be able to prove that to the bowls community and the non-bowls community,” she said.

Ryan, of Cabramatta, played with the winning team, Victoria's Murray Steamers. At 19 she is becoming one of the game's real stars - she has already won the Australian Open singles and is in the current national side.

Celebration time

WHAT other sport has active players ranging in age from five to 100? It's what makes bowls unique. Kids not long out of nappies are trundling them down with the best; centenarians are not uncommon.

Some years back, Alstonville had the Crawford brothers, both over 100, who turned up at the club regularly for a game. Ballina currently has Norm Anderson, who has been a bowler for 50 years - half his lifetime.

Today his club, Ballina Cherry Street, is holding a special on-green event to help Norm celebrate his ton.

Our congratulations to him for an achievement not only in life but in the game for all ages.

Clean sweep

THE New South Wales side had a clean sweep of the interstate test series against the Australian Capital Territory, played at Dapto Citizens, winning the open men's, the women's and the under-25s.

The starting time for the third test was delayed to allow players to attend the funeral of former NSW rep Wayne Crane, who had played 106 tests for NSW and recently won the state triples.

He had played with and against many of those in the NSW and ACT sides.

His sudden death shocked the bowls community.

Big win

LISMORE Heights copped a three rinks to one hiding from one-green sister club Workers Sports when they met at Goonellabah for the Doepel Shield.

Carl Peterson's team saved Heights from a whitewash by the skin of their teeth - they won 21-20. The overall tally was 96-59.

Dominant performance

HELENVALE'S Mark Casey had apprentice Jayden Christie with him in Queensland's champion of club champions state pairs. They'd been undefeated in the rounds and were favoured to take the title. They did it. And with emphasis - a comprehensive 30-7 thrashing of a Greenslopes pair in the final.

Casey afterwards described his young partner as "the best junior I have ever seen”. Casey should know. He's one of the current heap of Australian Jackaroos playing for the Gold Coast club.

Time delays

I'VE seen a bowler in the past take so long on the mat that we needed to check for cobwebs.

I was asked recently how long a player is allowed to deliver his bowl. It seems to be one of those commonsense rulings that umpires have to make.

Most bowlers have a set routine, some longer than others. If the same routine is followed for each delivery, it is unlikely to be deemed deliberately delaying play.

The law book doesn't say how long a bowler has on the mat.

Doesn't say anything about checking for cobwebs, either.

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