Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

New Bowlers Show Class on Greens; Bar Manager from Alstonville the Bestof the Rookies in Zone Finals at Ballina

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

New Bowlers Show Class on Greens; Bar Manager from Alstonville the Bestof the Rookies in Zone Finals at Ballina

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BOWLERS of limited experience showed the game is in good hands with a high standard in the Zone One Rookies finals at Ballina.

Long-time stars would be proud of the draw-shots in the singles and pairs. Only in some aspects of the game did the inexperience become apparent.

The Rookies event, a relatively new but valuable addition to the bowls calendar, is limited to bowlers with less than 30 months in the game.

If there were better finals than the singles, I haven't seen them.

Northern Rivers rookie champion Nathan Gava, a 28-year-old bar manager who has been rolling them down at Alstonville only since October, showed he has a brilliant future ahead of him in winning two tight games to take the zone title.

In his first game, he was up against Clarence River's Robin Hunter, a 68-year-old from Red Rock who has been playing bowls for nine months.

Play was first to 17 shots and the score was tied at 15-all. Gava then landed singles on two ends to win 17-15.

Against Greg Parker, 48, from Ocean Shores, who has had a year's experience, Gava again was leading 16-15 and all seemed lost when Parker held two shots and game.

But with a champion's aplomb, Gava sat on shot bowl for a two and the title.

Parker, the Tweed-Byron rookies champion, had beaten Robin Hunter by a resounding 17-5 in his first outing.

The Rookies zone pairs title went to Wally Hourn and Peter Savage (Ballina) when they defeated Gunner Wesley and Brian Parr (Ballina RSL) 20-5. In an earlier game, the Ballina pair had accounted for Ron Mulville and Bill McCarron (Maclean) 14-8.

Mulville and McCarron, against Wesley and Parr in the early round, seemed to have it secure when they led 9-2. But it wasn't enough Co they were beaten by one shot.

Title winners in both formats now will contest the state rookies' finals at Raymond Terrace, Newcastle, on September 29-30.

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THE Zone One champion of champion singles finals at Maclean were reduced to one match when the Tweed-Byron titleholder, former England international Steve Halmai, forfeited. …

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