Home' Bowls NSW : November 2009 Contents 18 BOWLS NSW -- NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009
It's time for
have a tendency to speak about
issues or happenings that leave
me scratching my head when it
comes to our game!
In recent times, the administra-
tion or laws of the game have
been one of my frequent topics.
Fortunately -- or unfortunately --
this issue of the magazine allows
me to leave those areas alone.
However, it does give me the
opportunity to look at another
aspect of our game that disap-
points me, and was obvious at
the recently-conducted NSW Open
held at the fantastic and friendly
Taren Point BC in Sydney's "Shire"
I will ask you to have a think
and answer honestly to these ques-
tions: Who loves watching bowls
on TV? Who tapes the program
so they can watch if they're not
home at show time?
I'll bet that's many of you.
In fact, whilst visiting clubs in my
role with BCiB, it is a frequently
discussed topic and the answers
are generally "yes" to both.
And why wouldn't you; it's a
great production. The bowls shows
rate extremely high in the viewing
and popularity stakes.
Having said that, I must add
I was disappointed at the recent
NSW Open, particularly on the
two finals days with the number
of spectators in attendance.
Like no other sport, here is the
perfect opportunity to go to a
great venue, watch, meet, and
interact with many of the game's
highest profile and best players,
action and experience outstand-
ing elite play.
I'm talking about past, present
and future World, Commonwealth,
To be fair, the weather wasn't
ideal, but what an opportunity
missed... and guess what: It's all
That's right! In what other sport
would you get such a feast of
and yet we
to want to
I really do think
it's up to us. No offence meant,
but bowlers, in general, tend to
be somewhat stingy at times.
We often whinge and complain
about all the things we don't get
for free, or the lack of support
we receive, and yet here is an
example of a Golden Opportunity,
We can do better, so get out
there and support events such as
this and enjoy some wonderful
entertainment at the same time.
Whilst on the subject of the NSW
Open, a new superstar emerged
in the form of 15 year old Kristina
Krstic, who hails from the Manning
BC in Western Australia.
Kristina enjoyed her maiden
Grand Prix victory in the pairs with
Australia's "leading lady" of lawn
bowls, Karen Murphy. She has now
become the youngest-ever winner
of a Grand Prix event.
Krstic topped off a most memo-
rable week of bowls with the
pairs victory after earlier winning
a Gold Medal in the Australian
Junior Fours Championship at
Halekulani, then finishing runner
up in the BCiB NSW Open Under
25 Singles Championship, and also
being a semi finalist in the NSW
Open Fours Championship.
Of course, it would be easy to
give much of the credit to Murphy.
However, teams don't win events
such as this single handed.
Krstic demonstrated maturity
beyond her young age by maintain-
ing her composure and undoubted
form right throughout the entire
event, even when it came to the
high pressure situation of perform-
ing in front of the TV cameras in
the semi finals and final.
Murphy went on to say: "It was
fantastic to play with Kristina; at
15 I can't believe how well she
Maintaining her levelness, the
Manning bowler quickly deflected
the attention to the three-time
Commonwealth Games repre-
"It was amazing," Krstic said. "I
never thought I'd get an opportu-
nity to play with Karen ... it was
an amazing experience and I just
learnt so much."
So keep your eye out for this
NOW, onto a far trickier subject.
With Christmas looming, the
age-old question is asked of us
all at this time: What to buy for
friends and family?
Well, I have just the answer this
year. For all the bowls enthusiasts
out there, the perfect gift for
Christmas 2009 is the soon-to-be
released book called "Rolled Gold."
It's the story behind my good
mate Kelvin Kerkow. The book
talks about his life story, including
his health battles that forces him
to use his customary walking stick.
It talks of many of his successes,
some disappointments and the
setbacks he has suffered along
the way, as well as some behind
the scenes stuff that will open
your eyes to many of the goings
on in elite level bowls.
It finishes with some great tips
from the Master himself.
Now how much do you think
such an item might set you back?
It is in fact just $29.95, and will
be in major book stores at the
end of November/early December.
I have been privileged to have
read a draft, and it's riveting
You're guaranteed to get a
laugh, a tear, be inspired and
have a possible new outlook as
to your approach to the game.
FOR this month's "Club of the
Month", we feature none other
than the home of the NSW Open,
One of the highest profile clubs
in Australia, Taren Point seems to
be going from strength to strength.
Having taken out the 2008 NSW
Premier League Championship,
defeating my very own St John's
Park in the Grand Final, Taren Point
backed up that win by taking out
the prestigious Helensvale 5-a-Side
National Club Challenge.
-- Continued on page 20
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