HE WANTS IT ALL: Aaron Teys after winning the Australian Open singles in July. He is now chasing the Australian Indoor singles title.
HE WANTS IT ALL: Aaron Teys after winning the Australian Open singles in July. He is now chasing the Australian Indoor singles title. Glen Wimberley bowls Australia

Teys on track to own two crowns

HOMEGROWN prodigy Aaron Teys who shot into national recognition after winning the Australian Open singles in July, is one of the favourites to add the Australian Indoor singles title to his success.

He's the No 2 seed and if he can bring off the highly-fancied big double, he'll join an elite group who have done it - Leif Selby, Mark Casey and Brett Wilkie, all world names.

And he'd add another $6000 to bring his earnings over a few weeks to more than $20,000.

Teys' run at the title will start at 6pm next Monday at Tweed Heads when he'll be up against West Australian Robert Bowron.

Win that and he'll meet the winner of the game between New South Wales' Chris Herden and Victoria's Dane McKinnon, both under-25 reps for their states.

Then things are likely to get really tough, with multi-world champ and Warilla clubmate Jeremy Henry, Ben Glasson and Scott Thulborn in Teys' part of the draw.

Defending champion, former England international David Holt, is in the other side of the draw.

Despite the powerful opposition, Teys' confidence will be sky high.

He beat Northern Ireland's Jeremy Henry and another world champion in Mark Casey on his way to the Australian Open win.

His success over Canadian international and Australia's No 1 ranked bowler Ryan Bester in the Open final produced some of best bowls judges had ever seen.

Pitts wins

GLEN Pitts (South Lismore) continued his club's year to remember by taking out the Northern Rivers District Bowls Association champion of club champions title on Sunday on his home green.

He had a conclusive win in his three games, beating Peter Sharp in the final 31-18 after scooting through his other two rounds 31-15 and 31-14.

In next Sunday's morning's opening of the district champion of club champions pairs at South Lismore, D Buggy and W Ianna will play D Newton and K Troy, while R Reid and P Sharp will be up against J Bultitude and G Burt. I

n the other scheduled game, C and T Peel have forfeited to I Conlan and G Stewart who will move into the afternoon's semi-final against K Conlan and L Jones. The final will be the following Saturday.

Young blood

TWO Ballina juniors make up half of one team in the Zone One side selected to play in next month's interzone event at The Entrance. They are Kit Conlan who will play second for fellow youngster Luke Jones as skip. Backing them up are their Ballina clubmates with a mile of experience -former NSW rep Neil Burgess who will play lead, and No 9 in Australian rankings Kris Lehfeldt as third.

The four-team side, which comprises 12 bowlers from Northern Rivers district, three from Tweed-Byron and one from Clarence River, is J Wyborn, R Digby, G Pitts, B McCall, S Gibson, T Cheli, T Makin, J Greenhalgh, P Ayres, P Earl, D Plummer, J Eichorn, Burgess, Conlan, Lehfeldt and Jones.

New recruit

GOLD Coast has recruited Mark Casey to join fellow internationals Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice to make one of the fancied sides for this year's $110,000 Australian Premier League.

This highly regarded television event features the best bowlers from around the world playing at northside Brisbane's Pine Rivers club from November 10-13.

Casey played with the Brisbane team for the two years the premier league has run.

His place there has been taken by multi-world champion Jeremy Henry.

Rubber greens

BACK in the distant past, when nobody had ever imagined such a thing as carpet for bowling greens, there was an artificial surface made of granulated rubber.

Blurb from the time said "when carefully laid, the rubber dust greens are quite effective and pleasing, and so economical and easy to maintain that more interest in this form of playing surface is bound to be created".

The rubber cost nothing. It was obtained free from tyre recapping businesses, put through a sieve to remove the lumps before being laid as a do-it-yourself project.

A rubber green? Could it be the way for financially-strapped bowls clubs to bounce back to what they once were?

COMING UP

Bob Ellis Memorial Triples at Casino RSM this Saturday.

Lismore Workers Sports Mixed Pairs on Sunday.