Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

On for Young and Old at Ballina Club; Summerland Series Attracts Some of the Best

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

On for Young and Old at Ballina Club; Summerland Series Attracts Some of the Best

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Byline: MATT BLOMBERG sport@northernstar.com.au

BALLINA'S annual Summerland Series bowls tournaments start tomorrow with a record number of relative youngsters in the field.

Traditionally a haven for retirees, the bowling green will be invaded by the young brigade with one in five entrants aged under 25 and more than half the field on the fresh side of 40.

Tournament co-ordinator Tony Scott is certain the sport is evolving, and with prizemoney of $20,000 up for grabs he is hardly surprised.

"It's an old man's game that the young man has stolen," Scott said.

"Young guys are starting to dominate the sport and it's not surprising.

"There is really good prizemoney available up and down the east coast now so I expect the crowd to keep getting younger.

"Your best bowlers used to come down to the club and have a beer and a cigarette while they played. Now there are beep tests, pinch tests and drills.

"The times are changing."

The Summerland Series has drawn some of the nation's best bowlers to the Northern Rivers in previous years, and the 2009-10 field is as strong as ever. …

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