Evans Head triumphs in district bowls championships
THE ever-reliable John Lang skipped his Evans Head team of Paul White and Bill Cooper to a 23-18 win in the district champion of champions triples final at Ballina on Sunday.
The losing South Lismore skip David Ball, capable in any championship, had with him Mark Thorley and Wayne Cowan.
Lang's team made it into the final by thumping a Heights trio skipped by Max Harris 32-4; Ball's team had a tougher time in the semi-final against Greg Hickey's East Lismore trio before winning 25-20.
Australian champion of champions singles played at Ascot, South Australia, was a triumph for former England international David Holt who has been based at Cabramatta for a number of years.
Holt won the title, his first major one on Australian soil, convincingly 21-8 in the final against Australian squad member Daniel Patterson (Western Australia).
Holt, an Australian citizen, will now don the green and gold and become a dual international when he represents his adopted country at the world champion of champions titles next year in Christchurch, New Zealand.
One-time Mullumbimby junior Cameron Curtis, who went on to become an international and Australia's coach, won the pairs champion of champions with Carl Healey, the 2010 NSW open singles and triples champion. They beat a Victorian pair 18-11 in the final.
Zone One knocked out in opening round of titles
ZONE One reps in all disciplines couldn't make it beyond the knockout opening round of 16 at the state titles at East Maitland.
In the state singles championship, former international Ian "Tails" Taylor (Kingscliff) went out 31-27 to Brett Pieper (Figtree). Taylor's clubmate Vic Lewis lost by the same score to Bob Hamilton (Molong) in the state senior singles.
The blue ribbon singles title went to former Queenslander Ben Twist, now with St John's Park. He beat West Dubbo's Josh Andriske 31-20 in the final.
Jon Gray/Troy Makin (Ocean Shores) were unlucky enough to come up against a hot Alexandria-Erskineville team first-up in the pairs championship. Their opponents, skipped by last year's state singles champion Ray Pearse, won 26-11. The title went to John Green and international Wayne Turley (Taren Point) who beat Bernie Melville/Ray Pearse 23-12 in the final.
Pearse also bobbed up in the state triples championship where his team's victims were Alan Parker/Rob Ballantine/Graham Meany (Yamba) who went down 27-11. The title was taken by Under-18 Mt Lewis prodigy Ben Glasson, the son of national coach and former world champion Steve Glasson. Young Glasson skipped his team to a 27-11 win over the trio of well-experienced international Wayne Turley.
McKnight goes down
FORMER Royal NSW Bowling Association president Ian McKnight (Cudgen Leagues) has lost his position of deputy president to Lyle Keats (Taren Point). Vince Beard (Wagga) was re-elected for his second term as president. The two positions are voted for by elected directors at the state body's annual general meeting.
McKnight remains as board member with Bob Moran (Warrawee), Jay Porter (Dubbo), Ron King (Pennant Hills), Peter Rake (Blakehurst). Ron Woodward (South Grafton) is again Zone One representative to the state council.
$10,000 up for grabs
EVANS HEAD has its rich $10,000 two-day Seaside Classic on November 9-10. There's three games of two-bowl triples (21 ends) on the Saturday and two games same format next day. It's a 9.30am start.
Prizes are: First $4800; second $2700, third $1200, fourth $600, fifth $300. Saturday and Sunday winners, $210 each.
Entries will close on November 6 or when 42 teams nominate. Contact is Steve Cselka (0428 637 046).
Mafia on the move
THE Mafia - no, not that one; this lot are Alstonville's social bowlers - have a two-day unarmed bus jaunt to Tenterfield on December 8-9. They'll stay west of the divide after playing the Tenterfield Saddlers on the Saturday then travel down to take on Casino RSM next day.
In the tour itinerary, emphasis is placed on the Big P, going and coming, at the Drake pub. Must be something like Ballina's Big Prawn.
As only 30 bowlers will fill the bus, the trip is for invitees only. But getting an invitation is as easy as seeing Mafia godfather Gary Ensbey early.