ABOVE: John Millington, from Tweed Heads, was among the visiting players enjoying the action at the Eureka Pairs.
ABOVE: John Millington, from Tweed Heads, was among the visiting players enjoying the action at the Eureka Pairs.

Age no barrier for bowlers

ABOUT 64 bowlers turned out for the inaugural Eureka Age Stakes Pairs at the Ballina Bowling Club at the weekend.

The two-day competition is the first of its kind in Australia and puts players into four different age divisions.

There was Young Guns (under-35s), Gen X (35-50s), Boomers (over-60s) and All Aged (over-60).

The winners of the four divisions went through to the semi-finals to play-off against each other.

In the end it was Gen X coming out on top against the Young Guns with Kawana Waters bowlers Wayne Masters and Jane Bush winning the $1000 final.

Masters played in the 2013 state triples winning team and Bush is also a state player.

They beat South Lismore pair Jamie Eichorn and Ben McCall 16-15.

There was a total of $4200 in prizemoney on offer with players from as far afield as Bundaberg in the North to Port Macquarie in the South competing.

Ballina bowls co-ordinator Kris Lehfeldt organised the new competition on the Northern Rivers and said it will be played all over Australia.

"There was a lot of talk about it and the players were happy with how it went," Lehfeldt said.

"It's basically come about because you would find 70-year-olds were coming up against 19-year-olds in finals after long days of competition.

"This seems a lot fairer and it was the first of its kind anywhere in Australia."

There will be a singles event with the same format at Ballina in September.


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