Queensland and NSW secure Australian Champions triples titles

Queensland and NSW secure Australian Champions triples titles

A Queensland team secured a third national title at the 2017 Australian Championships tonight, while NSW made amends for a silver medal finish on the opening day.

Broadbeach’s Sean Ingham, Kevin Anderson and Ryan Bester added a third title to the Queensland contingent’s ledger, at the halfway point of the competition’s eight disciplines.

The Gold Coast-based trio, who represent Australia’s development team, Scotland and Canada respectively, secured a 5 shot victory over the Northern Territory’s Stan Smolski, Graeme Kitto and Ralph Fair, 19-14, to claim the Australian Championships’ men’s triples title tonight at Club Sapphire in Merimbula.

While relegated to a silver medal, it was an exceptional achievement from the Top Enders, who boast just seven clubs and a few hundred members across the whole Territory.

Raymond Terrace’s Lynne Thompson, Genevieve Delves and Natasha Scott went one step further than their first attempt to claim a national title last night, walking away with a golden medallion around their necks on this occasion.

The NSW trio led from go to whoa in their encounter against Tasmania’s Vicki Winley, Kim Saunders and Rebecca Van Asch, from Invermay, to take the women’s triples title 19-6.

It was a stunning performance from the Raymond Terrace trio, who took a silver medal away from the fours contest on the Tuesday’s opening day, particularly given Delves and Scott will line-up in the women’s pairs event on Thursday and Scott will contest the blue-ribbon singles on Friday.

It was also NSW and Queensland who took the honours from the bronze medal matches.

NSW’s Crawford Linton, Matt Blackburn and Steve Rawlings, from Linton, prevailed over Western Australia’s Mark Simpson, Daniel Patterson and Justin Opie by a slender shot in the men, while Queensland Anne-Marie Peart, Jessica Srisamruaybai and Mellisa Larcombe upstaged the Top End’s Lauren Kingsley, Carolyn Smolski and Colleen Orr 18-13 in the women to earn the bronze medallions.

The 2017 Australian Championships continues at Merimbula’s Club Sapphire until Friday evening, with the attention turn to the pairs on Thursday and singles on Friday.

Bowls Australia will continue to showcase the event on “Rinkside Live” live-streaming through its facebook page, www.facebook.com/BowlsAustralia, across every session (8.45am, 12pm, 2.45pm and 6pm daily).

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11-year-old protege Mason Gunson paints bright Morley picture

Morley Bowling Club has always had a rich history in junior bowls and the future of one of its young stars is just as bright. 

11-year-old Mason Gunson, son of club members Bryce and Angela Gunson, is the latest homegrown product to come out of the West Australian club.

In only his first year of bowls, it hasn’t taken the young protege long to make an impact. 

“Mason played his first pennant match filling in after a late withdrawal in the Ladies Pennants competition.  He came home with all his money intact, and with a bonus packets of chips – he was spoilt rotten by his opposition,” said club selector Craig Hamilton. 

The club has always strived to build and maintain a strong juniors presence in the City of Bayswater, involving local primary and high schools in the sport of bowls and spreading positives messages about the game. 

Hence, it’s no surprise to see talents like Mason come through the ranks, aided by the fact his parents Bryce and Angela are also prominent bowlers, with dad playing in Morley’s top grade and mum having spent some time in the WA State Development squad. 

In his first year of bowls, Mason has won Morley’s Club Championship Triples (with dad and Anthony Provost) and in the process becoming the youngest player to win a club event ever at Morley, reached the semi-finals of the Morley Club Fours Championship and was runner-up in the Novice Singles event. 

Not a bad debut year at the ripe old age of just 11.

“We are just so proud of Mason’s achievements so far.  For someone so young, we have managed his integration into the club carefully to ensure he has been looked after.  I see big things for Mason in the future,” said Club President Vince Princi.

The club continues to seek our more opportunities to coach at schools, with the ultimate goal to establish a full junior program at the club.

With Mason’s feats along with a host of other promising junior results, Morley is certainly a hot-bed of talent.  

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Sherriff hails “perfect timing” of Helensvale switch

One of Australia’s most decorated bowlers is set for a switch of state allegiances, with four-time international bowler of the year Aron Sherriff signing for Club Helensvale on the Gold Coast. 

The 32-year-old made over 200 appearances for NSW club Ettalong and has always represented the state in his career spanning over 20 years in the sport, citing timing and his young family as the catalysts for his move north. 

“It’s something that I’ve spoken to my wife Amanda about [for a while]… Gold Coast is such an amazing place to bring the kids up and something we’ve been thinking about doing for a couple of years now,” he said. 

“It’s probably a little earlier than expected but the opportunity arose at Helensvale and being able to play with three of my great mates in Cas (Mark Casey), Whiz (Brett Wilkie) and Lurch (Nathan Rice) was obviously a massive selling point.”

The move was made easier on both a family and professional front, with Sherriff’s two children at a stage to handle the disruption of switching states, while to be based at Helensvale in the lead-in to next year’s Commonwealth Games is sure to be a positive factor.  

“It was just perfect timing I guess,” he said. 

“With selections pending (for 2018 Commonwealth Games), it’s worked out perfect. For me it’s a fresh start, a new beginning and a new state.”

“My daughter Zoe has just turned 7 so it was probably a good time to get up there now schooling wise… If we had held on a couple more years it might have been a little more difficult.”

With the move north comes a change of state allegiance, with the passionate New South Welshman set to don the maroon of arch-rivals Queensland, a proposition he admits is yet to fully sink in. 

“I’m a passionate New South Welshman, born and bred. I’ve following the Blues in State of Origin and have played a couple hundred games for NSW,” he said. 

“It’s going to be pretty difficult and maybe a bit emotional when I come up against my NSW mates but that’s just something that comes with the territory.”

Sherriff will be targeting his third Commonwealth Games next year, collecting Bronze in the Singles in his last outing in Glasgow 2014. 

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Durack Inala begin community drive in a bid to increase participation

The small south-eastern Queensland club of Durack Inala have been another of a host of clubs to target those new to the sport of bowls in a local membership drive. 

With the aid of South East Queensland’s Regional Bowls Manager Andrew Howie, Durack Inala set out to regain community sport and increase participation at the club.

The club were successfully funded by a Queensland Sport and Recreation Grant, which enabled the purchasing of 15 sets of new coloured bowls, Jr. Jack Attack (JJA) program and investment in local marketing.

Durack Inala launched this drive with a community open day to introduce local residents to their club, with over 200 people participating in a fun-filled day that incorporated barefoot bowls, Jr. Jack Attack, face painting and jumping castles.

The club also managed to sell sponsorship for the day, inviting local businesses to set up stalls to advertise.

Overall, the day was a successful one for the club with 20 new participants to the sport registering interest in becoming further involved with the club, with more events of a similar nature to come in the near future to help increase much-needed funds and members. 

There are also plans to introduce JJA in the early stages of 2018. 

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Evergreen George Parish recognised by local club

Charlton Bowling Club’s longest serving member and official greenkeeper George Parish has been recognised for his work and dedication with the re-naming of one of the club’s greens as the “G.H. Parish Green”.

In front of club members, family and friends last week, 60-year member George was acknowledged by Club President, Patty Saltmarsh for his green keeping skills, learned under the tutelage of Courtney Keith and Alan Howard, before assuming the role in 2001/02.

“They certainly taught him well, as we have two of the best greens in the area,” said Saltmarsh. 

“George is pretty pedantic about his greens… They are manicured perfectly, and if there’s a section he won’t play on, neither will you, as he won’t allow it!”

Citing the many hours spent in bringing the playing area up to such a high standard, Patty said “the whole district knows who to call when a final needs to be played on neutral greens.”

Particular in every way, George’s attention to detail even extends to the greenkeeping equipment, with new items being taken apart.

“Not to see how it works, but to make sure it works to his standard!” said Saltmarsh.

A proud moment with members of the family, George (seated front) with his wife Dawn and granddaughter Eloise Crisp, is pictured with (back l-r) Edward Crisp, Lenny Gretgrix, being held by Kelvin Baird, Tim Crisp, Anne Baird, James Baird, Lisa Crisp and Hannah Gretrgrix.

In an emotional response to the unveiling of the green in his name, George emphasised how much he loved his work, saying the recognition was unnecessary.

“I love what I do… and I think Dawn (wife) does too because I’m not home!” he said. 

“This is a total surprise… I do love what I do, and I do it for the whole benefit of the club… I’m lost for words!”

Contribution courtesy The Buloke Times

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