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Bowls In Focus : November 2011
World Indoor Singles Christmas holidays this year – he’ll be sweating it out with his trusty size fours on the blue carpet at Brighton. The son of current state player Paula Wood Tiger’s World Title Tilt T hird generation bowler Tony Wood knows exactly how he will be spending his from Clayton and grandson of well-known Dandenong RSL Rec skipper Daphne Camilleri, young Tony has planned a grinding practice regime in preparation for his departure to the UK in mid-January. Earlier this year the 23-year-old Clayton premier pennant skipper, affectionately known as ‘Tiger’, worked his way through Victorian qualifying in the tough PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) Singles to clinch a place in the national finals at Warilla. At the end of the rainbow sat a start as Australia’s qualifier in next year’s Potters Holidays World Indoor Bowls Championships in England. Then, after reaching the final on the Warilla carpet, Tony outplayed WA’s Matthew Ellul, a former Victorian from Ocean Grove who had a short stint at Moonee Ponds, to secure a shot at the biggest title race of them all. Now, in a sport that can at times resemble boxing with its irritating glut of ‘world’ titles, this tournament is the undisputed world singles championship. It boasts the likes of Scotland’s Alex Marshall - without doubt the No.1 bowler in the game - Paul Foster and Darren Burnett; England’s Greg Harlow, Andy Thomson and Billy Jackson; and all of the sport’s finest professional players. These days many of the top pros decline the opportunity to represent their countries in Commonwealth Games and World Bowls competitions every four years, reasoning that the preparation for, and competing in these events takes up too much of their lives. They claim that although the medals might be nice mementos, there’s simply no money in it at the end of the day. But there’s serious loot on the line at Potters each January, with more than $150,000 up for grabs on the World Bowls Tour’s famed portable rink. Plus, there’s the TV exposure, normally around seven million live viewers each day, which assists the stars in their pursuit of valuable endorsement contracts. This year marks twelve years that these championships - there’s also men’s and mixed 14 Bowls In Focus