Bowler owes it all to dad

FINAL FOUR: South Lismore bowler Ian Martin is looking forward to the semi-finals of the NRDBA Singles.
FINAL FOUR: South Lismore bowler Ian Martin is looking forward to the semi-finals of the NRDBA Singles. Marc Stapelberg

SOUTH Lismore bowler Ian Martin was only introduced to the sport by his father six years ago.

Martin is now 55 and still finds time to play with his 84-year-old dad.

"I only went to watch dad play and it was then I thought I might give it a go," Martin said.

"He still plays and we usually get to play together once a month.

"There aren't too many sports where you can do it that's for sure.

"I definitely started a bit late but I really enjoy it."

Martin started bowling at Alstonville before making the switch to South Lismore two years ago.

He has been a steady improver and has made the semi-finals of the Northern Rivers District Bowling Association Singles.

Martin beat Ballina bowler Ken Fuller 31-21 at the Alstonville Bowling Club on Sunday.

"This is the furthest I've got in this competition," he said.

"In the past I've been knocked out in the first round. I've definitely improved my game at South Lismore there are a lot of good bowlers here.

"We're through to the third round of pennants and got good momentum at the moment.

"I've played a lot of team sports over the years and that helps when you play pairs and triples."

Martin has earmarked the Summerland Singles in Ballina as one of the bigger events he wants to play in over the next 12 months.

The district semi-final will see him take on the experienced Neil Burgess who has won the Summerland Singles more times than any other bowler.

Burgess is a former state representative and NSW Bowler of the Year award winner.

"Its tough opposition once you get to this stage," Martin said.

"Neil is high class but I look forward to playing him."

RESULTS

District Singles quarter-final results:

  • John Lang (Evans Head) 31 d Greg Stewart (South Lismore) 8
  • Neil Burgess (Ballina) 31 d Luke Jones (Ballina) 24
  • Ian Martin (South Lismore) 31 d Ken Fuller 21 (Ballina)
  • Kris Lehfeldt (Ballina) 31 d Scott Gibson (Ballina) 27

District Seniors Singles semi-finals:

  • J Kingmen 31 d T Clarke 26
  • R Kirkland 31 d G Grady 22

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