Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ballina's Shaky Start

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ballina's Shaky Start

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BALLINA, aiming to beat its own NRDBA record of six No 1 pennants in a row, had a shaky start in the season's opening double-header at the weekend.

In Round Two on Saturday (the washed-out first round was played on Sunday), Ballina bowed down to Casino RSM by one shot.

The Seasiders made amends next day by overwhelming Alstonville, leaving the Redlegs with matching red faces.

At the top of the No 1 table after the two rounds are East Lismore and South Lismore, both undefeated. Casino RSM, after its promising start, lost to East Lismore on Sunday and is tying for second spot with Ballina. Alstonville and Evans Head are without points after two losses.

The points table (under the new scoring system of two points for a win): East Lismore 4, South Lismore 4, Ballina 2, Casino RSM 2, Alstonville 0, Evans Head 0.

This Saturday, Ballina will be at home to East Lismore; South Lismore will take on Casino RSM at South; Alstonville will travel to Evans Head in a battle of the tailenders.

Four of the five sides in No 2s are tied after winning one game each. Lennox Head lost both rounds to remain scoreless.

One upmanship

A BATTLE between long-time bowls manufacturer Henselite and newcomer Aero Bowls must have the advertising department at the state journal Queensland Bowler rubbing their hands in financial glee.

In the current magazine, Aero takes prime spot inside the front cover for a full-page ad with a pic of world champ Alex Marshall. It says Marshall 'has just joined us'. It doubles up with another full-pager inside with another pic of their new man.

Back in the middle pages is a Henselite full-page ad with a pic of the same bloke. It says he's 'just won his sixth world indoor singles title with Henselite bowls'. The reason given for his leaving Henselite was 'another bowls manufacturer made him a financial offer he couldn't refuse'.

It's not only the manufacturers' bowls that have bias.

Changes

CAN you believe it - there was a time when bowls coaches had a dim future if they 'received any pecuniary benefit from teaching or coaching bowls'. …

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