Bowler-of-the-year function sets high standard

Commercial Club’s Peter Smith won the grade three bowler-of-the-year trophy.

Commercial Club’s Peter Smith won the grade three bowler-of-the-year trophy.

THE Albury and District Bowling Association’s presentation day and bowler-of-the-year function on Sunday was an outstanding success with more than 200 people attending.

One of the guests invited to the event was Zone 8 (Riverina) secretary Bill Spletter, from Temora, who now aspires to establish something similar in his Southern Slopes District.

“I cannot thank the Albury District enough for inviting me,” Spletter said yesterday.

“I had heard of this event through the bowls grapevine over the years, but nothing could prepare me for the spectacle which unfolded over the 3½ hours.

“It’s unique in the Zone 8 area and the five other districts have no idea what they are missing out on by not having an official function similar to Albury.”

Spletter commended everyone involved in the organisation of the event.

“I believe, overall, bowls is an amateur sport, administered by well-intended volunteers,” Spletter said.

“But Albury District has put the sword to that claim. There was nothing amateur about last Sunday.”

Commercial Club skip Peter Smith won the grade three bowler-of-the-year title by just one vote.

He finished ahead of Norm Honey (North Albury) on 16 with Les Murphy (Commercial Club) and Roger Meyer (Henty) getting 14 each.

Howlong’s Phil Slater, the winner of the district’s over 60 singles title, won the grade four event.

He polled 19 votes to finish two clear of Walla’s Barry Carey with Commercial Club lead Bob Teasdale a further vote behind.

Rand’s Bill Nesbitt and Commercial Club’s Col Palmer shared the grade five award with 19 votes.

They were followed by North Albury’s Ted Meiers on 18 votes.

Commercial Club’s John Waterson polled 19 votes to win the grade six award.

He was one clear of North Albury lead Jim Howell, with Holbrook’s Rob Unsworth and Howlong’s Terry Fletcher third on 16 votes.

Howlong’s Steve Goodear was the grade seven winner.