Husband and wife combination Bill and Ruth Partridge won the major club singles championships at Lismore Workers Sports Bowling Club.
Husband and wife combination Bill and Ruth Partridge won the major club singles championships at Lismore Workers Sports Bowling Club. contributed

Bowlers get ready to battle it out in Beacom Shield

THE Alstonville RSL is going to war again on April 20.

That’s when they’ll get out their bowling weaponry for their annual good-humoured battle against the local bowlers.

It all started at the Alstonville Bowling Club in the early 1930s when the Beacom Shield was provided for what has become the district’s oldest surviving social bowls event.

The RSL took no prisoners last year and retreated with the spoils but the bowls club is arming itself with reinforcements in a bid to get beyond no-man’s land.

Organiser Alan Brown says the shots will begin at 10am but suggests a 9am arrival for obvious reasons. There’ll be a sit-down slap-up lunch at 1pm. The cost? A mere $15 for lunch and your game.

All money raised goes to Legacy. Everyone – even those who have never bowled – is welcome to join in the fun. Contact the Alstonville club on 6628 0497 early to put your name in.

Key initiatives

NOW the dust has settled in the unsettled Zone One, newly-elected vice-president Greg Danvers reports the new board has some key initiatives it aims to implement.

It is working towards the establishment of a Zone One Premier League and is exploring the hosting of major state and national events in this region.

The zone’s three districts will each host a quarterly delegates and management committee meeting with the August annual general meeting at Ballina.

Pennants resume

NRDBA pennants will resume on Saturday after the Easter break.

The top grade leader going into the third round, East Lismore, will be at home to South Lismore, while Ballina will play Casino RSM at Ballina, and Alstonville will have the home green advantage against Lennox Head.

Hail Henry

FORMER Northern Ireland rep and now a Warilla fixture, Jeremy Henry, has taken the world cup singles championship for an unprecedented fourth time.

Henry has contested five world cups, won four and never been out of the finals.

On his home green at Warilla in this year’s decider, he took on and beat fellow Irishman Andrew Kyle in a thriller.

Norfolk Island’s Carmen Anderson in a classic women’s final downed two-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist and defending champion Siti Zalina Ahmad (Malaysia) in straight sets, but had to fight all the way. It was Anderson’s first world cup championship.

Triple treat

NINE teams will contest this year’s NRDBA senior triples championship when the event opens at Alstonville this Sunday.

The draw is (skips) – At 9.30am, S Prasad v M Conlan; 1pm, winner v B Evans, J King v J Kingman, V Ross v A Blewer, P Carey v G Higgins.

Quiet achiever

ILUKA women’s bowls president Kath Sullivan gets a regular visitor, her sister Lady Joy Beattie, a top grade bowler with Warrawee club on Sydney’s North Shore.

The widow of a former judge, Lady Joy has kept it quiet but word has leaked out – she was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours list.

It was given for her “outstanding contribution, dedication and skill in lawn bowls and therapy bowls for 26 years”.

Club first

LISMORE Workers’ Sports says that for the first time in the club’s history, its prestige events, the men’s and women’s major singles championships, have been won by husband and wife, Bill and Ruth Partridge.

It has happened elsewhere before but it’s rare. At one club the husband-wife winners beat a husband and wife in the two finals.

Still bias

AN ITEM in the Australian Bowler magazine of July 1961 talks of the continuing need for bowls testing to ensure the correct standard bias.

“Obviously this is necessary to eliminate unfair advantage,” the article says.

Five decades on, the controllers of our game sanction a mixture of ever-changing skinny biases with no testing that would maintain a standard.

Seems those who can afford to fork out regularly for new bowls are officially entitled to an advantage.

Coming up: No club tournaments listed for April.

> For Jim’s views on venues chosen by Bowls NSW for tournaments, see tomorrow’s The Northern Star.