Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trio Earn Country Call-Up; Local Bowlers to Take on the Best from City

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trio Earn Country Call-Up; Local Bowlers to Take on the Best from City

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MY VIEW On measuring devices

NORTH of the border they're touting a 'new invention' that takes the guesswork out of deciding a head.

A Townsville bowler says he came up with the idea after the frustration of 10 years of using the cross-finger method. You know how this works - while the skip is up the other end praying the third will pull the measure out of his pocket, the bloke is circumnavigating the head peering through a tangle of his pointing fingers like a hopeful water diviner chasing up some underground moisture.

The Queensland Bowler magazine runs a pic of the device, a seemingly plastic piece with a central hole to fit over the kitty and a succession of rings. The man responsible for it is quoted as saying it would 'speed up games by saving on unnecessary measures and give player and markers more confidence in calling the state of the head'.

This would seem to indicate a marker or player in the course of the game will use the 'Bowls Eye' to determine the positions in the head.

A very similar device made an appearance at least 20 years ago. It disappeared quickly when umpires ruled no measuring could be done before the end was completed. As far as I know, that rule has not changed.

THREE of this region's bowlers have been selected in the Country side to play City at Cabramatta on November 5-6.

Youngster Luke Jones (Evans Head) is chosen as second for Raymond Terrace skip Matt Baus; the other two, Scott Gibson (Ballina) and Troy Makin (Ocean Shores) are in the same team - Gibson is lead for skip Makin.

Aaron Teys (Warilla), the one-time boom Ballina junior who went on to win an Australian Open singles and a place in the national side, is skip of one of the other Country teams.

They will face tough competition against City skips such as Wayne Turley (Taren Point), Nathan Wise and Ben Twist (both St Johns Park), Ray Pearse (Cabramatta) and Carl Healey (Grandviews).

It could be tougher, though. Australia's best current bowler Aron Sherriff (Ettalong) and young star Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta) were both unavailable for City selection.

Equitable system

LISMORE Heights has introduced a new championship requirement it says will result in more participation by lower level bowlers. For its club fours and triples titles each team must have a minimum number of points based on pennant gradings and must include one No 7 grade players.

Too often club championship teams are stacked with the better bowlers. Those of lesser ability are either unwanted in the teams or are too discouraged to enter.

Heights is to be congratulated in trying a more equitable system.

Big stage

BILLED as 'the world's biggest and best masters', the Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held on the Gold Coast on November 4-13. It is expected to attract more than 13,000 competitors from Australia and overseas. …

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