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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 23 Australia has only produced three world outdoor singles champions, and ironically all have been won in Scotland, by NSW’s Steve Glasson at Ayr in 2004, fellow New South Welshman Leif Selby at Aberdeen in 2008 and Queenslander Brett Wilkie, also at Ayr, in 2009. So it was a great thrill for local bowls lovers when Glasson and Wilkie, who flew the Aussie flag so successfully at Ayr, met in the TRUenergy Clas- sic Singles final at Yallourn Bowls Club last month. Glasson, from Sydney’s powerful St John’s Park club went on to defeat Wilkie, from Helensvale on the Gold Coast, in the 14th Classic in fine style. Both former world champions gave an outstand- ing display of draw bowling in a match that started out in damp conditions - with the weather gradually improving - to provide the excellent crowd with a thrilling game. Wilkie, the 2006 winner went away to an early lead with his first bowl generally being very close to the jack and Glasson matching him. However, Glasson pegged away and eventually took the momentum back from Wilkie to finish the match in fine style. Spectators claimed that the margin did not reflect the closely fought ends in a match demon- strating the great spor tsmanship of the players and the respect they showed each other. Glasson arrived at the club on the morning of day one without bowls and asked Wilkie for a loan of a new set he had brought with him. Big Steve used these on Tuesday before changing to another set for his first knockout match on Wednesday, and then reverted to Wilkie’s bowls for the remainder of the tournament. Prior to the final Glasson had offered to drop the interstate players off at the airport following the match, with the proviso that Wilkie would ‘have to walk if he won’. This typified the spirit and camera- derie shown by the players during the tournament. In the semi-finals Glasson and Wilkie defeated Helensvale’s Nathan Rice and Ian Caines from Moe respectively. Caines, a previous winner and local champ had earlier defeated last year’s runner-up and inaugural winner Neville Brown from Heathmont by the narrowest of margins in the closest of the quarter finals. It had been a big day for Caines with an earlier nail-biting win over Brendan Baker from Valentine NSW, who showed great tenacity to lose narrowly in a long match. Apart from his exquisite skills on the green, Baker’s other claim to fame is that he once dated international beauty queen Jennifer Hawkins. Clayton’s Geoff van Vugt provided the first major upset of the tournament when Drouin youngster Gareth Rich defeated the great John Snell from Lakes Entrance, leaving van Vugt and Snell equal on shots-up but with van Vugt having the better percentage. However, van Vugt then defeated Yal- lourn youngster Sam Atkinson and previous win- ner Ray Jansen from Kew Heights before finding the experience of Nathan Rice difficult to handle in his third game for the day. Finalists Glasson and Wilkie demonstrated their great skills throughout the tournament making shor t work of their opponents. TRUenergy representative David Burt compli- mented the club for putting on an excellent tourna- ment despite the constant threat of inclement weather, while chairman Max Grubb spoke highly of the great work done by greenkeeper Darren Martin and his team who provided the best pos- sible surface to play bowls on despite the difficult season that greenkeepers have faced this year. Latrobe City Mayor Darrell White, himself a bowler, spoke highly of the tournament and how it helped attract top quality sportspeople to the Latrobe Valley and allow locals to play against the best bowlers in the land, while spectators had the opportunity to view some of the world’s best in their own backyard. In his victory speech Glasson said he was impressed with the way officials kept the event moving despite the constant threat of rain, and complimented the club’s hospitality while adding that the spectators made he and his fellow players very welcome. - M ichael Holroyd Yallourn Classic Singles at Yallourn Bowling Club Round of 16: B Wilkie (Helensvale Qld) d A Ma- thison (Essendon) 25-16, G Matheson (Altona) d P Wootten (Ferntree Gully) 25-14, N Brown (Heathmont) d G O’Neill (Mildura Workers) 25- 10, I Caines (Moe) d B Baker (Valentine) 25-23, G van Vugt (Clayton) R Jansen Kew Heights 25-21, N Rice (Helensvale Qld) d D Morley (Tra- ralgon RSL) 25-14, S Glasson (St John’s Park NSW) d T Hill (Somerville) 25-3, M Chittenden (Burwood) d H Cortenbach (Armadale) 25-24 . Quarter finals: Wilkie d Matheson 25-2, Caines d Brown 25-24, Glasson d Chittenden 25-15, Rice d van Vugt 25-10. Semi finals: Wilkie d Caines 25-12, Glasson d Rice 25-17. Final: Steve Glasson (St John’s Park NSW) d Brett Wilkie (Helensvale Qld) 25-15 • Above: Yallourn chairman Max Grubb congratulated finalists Steve Glasson and Nathan Rice after the main event. • Below: Former world champion Steve Glasson on his winning way. War Of The Worlds
March April 2011