Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Pairs Contest Is Super for Club; Lis Heights Survives Closure to Now Boast Big Tourney

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Pairs Contest Is Super for Club; Lis Heights Survives Closure to Now Boast Big Tourney

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LISMORE Heights, the club that fought back from closure, has more than survived -- it's thriving.

The monthly competition idea it came up with, the Super Friday Pairs, has had a capacity field of 28 teams every play day for two years.

It started in August 2009 as a graded draw event with the aim of giving every team an equal chance of winning.

"It was welcomed by the average club bowler who detested being cannon fodder for the top guns in open draw events," says Heights organiser, the hard-working Jim Rank.

"Over the years some details have changed to address minor issues but the initial concept of providing reasonable prizemoney for a one-round afternoon mufti pairs game for the everyday social bowler remains."

Some of the regulars have been competing in every Super Friday since the event started.

It has a long-term sponsor, too, Country Meats, who's been behind it since December 2014.

Starting on February 5 a new prize structure will be introduced to include a third prize on each green, boosting total prizemoney from $400 to $540.

Southies shine

SOUTH Lismore, showing a return to form that made the club near unbeatable in the late 1900s, would be hard to bet against in this year's district open fours starting on Saturday.

It has three of the six teams in the field and play is on the Southies' own greens.

The match of the day has last year's district fours champions Shaun Dwyer, Indi Conlan, Daniel Foster and Jamie Eichorn defending their title against top-class clubmates Terry Knudson, Rod McCabe, David Ball and Ben McCall in the opening round.

Should skip Eichorn win the title, it will be the third year in a row he has taken it -- he was Glen Pitts' lead when the championship went Southies' way in 2014.

The third South Lismore team in the event is skipped by Ian Martin, who is up against young gun Luke Jones and his Evans Head combo.

The winner of this game will play a hot Ballina four skipped by Kris Lehfeldt while the Eichorn-McCall clash victor will come up against a Ballina team skipped by Alf Boston.

The first two rounds of all three championships are on Saturday.

The reserves are at Broadwater and the seniors at Lennox Head. …

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