SUMMERLAND SERIES: Young guns Connie Rixon, 20, and Kane Nelson, 13, competed on the third day of the Summerland Singles at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.
SUMMERLAND SERIES: Young guns Connie Rixon, 20, and Kane Nelson, 13, competed on the third day of the Summerland Singles at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club. Alison Paterson

Camaraderie at bowls champs

WHEN Connie Rixon was asked to glare at Kane Nelson for a photo showing the two in competition, she burst out laughing.

"I can't do that,” the 20-year-old from Kawana said.

"He's like my kid brother.”

Kane from Belmont, who at 13-years-old is the the youngest player in the Summerland Series Singles Championship, simply grinned.

The duo who travelled from their respective Queensland clubs, played a speedy and intense game, each giving no quarter and with a focus which had the markers impressed.

Rixon who's bowls pedigree includes a 2017 World Youth Championship gold medal, beat Nelson, who has been bowling since he was four and won a Queensland state under-15 title when he was nine.

But after losing her last game, she is now out of the chance to win the gold.

Tournament co-ordinator Kris Lehfedlt said Rixon will now play off in the silver stream of the event.

He said the general standard of play across the whole event has been excellent.

And Lehfedlt he said there's been a few unexpected wins and losses.

It seems despite skill and experience, luck still found a way to make an impact.

"Ben Twist lost in an upset and so he has gone through to the silver instead of gold,” he said.

"Sean Ingham (Broadbeach) who won in 2016, was runner-up to Jono Davis in 2017 and who won in the pairs last year, was behind all day, but now he has come up from the behind to move into the gold steam and will play off in the last 16 player event on Friday.”

Lehfedlt said a big factor has been the fine weather and light winds.

"The playing standard has been very strong and the good conditions have really helped,” he said.

"Tomorrow (Friday) morning at 8.30 we start the final 16.”

The event has attracted good crowds each day for the pairs and singles events at the Cherry St Ballina Bowls Club, with spectators, competitors and officials giving the competition a thumbs-up.