Let?s not do the time warp again
By GREG KELLY
'BACK to the Future' or is it back to the time warp!
It is that time of the year again when chaos reigns on the border between Queensland and NSW with far-reaching ramifications to bowling clubs on both sides of the border.
Years ago, my schoolteacher ridiculed our forefathers for the ridiculous different size train tracks at the NSW and Victorian border towns of Albury and Wodonga years ago.
Now in the 21st century we have this time warp ? 1-hour difference between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, which rivals that ludicrous situation over train lines.
How many years does it take to change the clocks to come in line with the rest of eastern Australia!
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SOUTH Tweed champion bowler and world number five in the WBT rankings, Kelvin Kerkow, has decided to miss the first professional tournament of the new season in the UK because of its close proximity to the upcoming Asia Pacific Games.
The Engage International Open starts this Sunday and the final is the following Sunday which leaves no time for Kerkow to train with the Australian team.
Kerkow has been granted dispensation to defend his Welsh title in late January which also means he will miss the Trans-Tasman series at Darebin before the Commonwealth Games in March 2006.
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SOUTH Tweed nearly caused a boil-over at the weekend when they managed to make the grand final on Sunday against Helensvale and led the opposition until the final ends but Helensvale proved too strong in the finish to win by 11 shots.
Mark Casey and Kelvin Kerkow played a 21-all draw, Shane Globits defeated Ray Hickman 21/20 and Marc Parrella won by 10 shots over Charlie Neave.
South Tweed reached the grand final by outplaying third placed Southport 81/45 on Saturday and Helensvale were fired up against rivals Musgrave Hill winning decisively 60/41.
The preliminary final in the afternoon was a closer match with South Tweed winning by five shots 67/62 over Musgrave Hill.
Musgrave Hill had some revenge winning division two against Helensvale 63/51 and McKenzie Park snatched the division three pennant by only two shots, 53/51 against Paradise Point.
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GOLDEN Nugget winner Russell Meyer is still in top form with back-to-back wins in the $12,000 Speight's Singles in New Zealand on the weekend.
The top 32 singles players were invited and the field played in four sections of eight with the top two from each section playing off in the knockout quarter finals and then the semi-finals. The final was played on the NZ Labour Day Monday.
In the quarter finals Rowan Brassey defeated Ali Forsyth 25/24, Doug Wilson overcame Jamie Hill 25/23, Russell Meyer won narrowly against Andrew Curtain 25/23 and Trevor Morris defeated Gary Lawson 25/14.
The semi-finals saw the former Queensland junior champion Wilson upset Brassey 25/23 and Meyer was too good for Morris 25/9.
The final could have gone either way but Meyer came out on top 25/23 over Wilson.
Meyer now heads back home to Australia to prepare for the Asia Pacific Games where he will skip the pairs with Brassey as his lead.
Ali Forsyth, the New Zealand singles representative for the games was in the same section as Meyer and won their fifth round match in sectional play 25/21 and led the section with six wins plus 41 and Meyer finished with six wins plus 39.
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KAREN Murphy continues to write her name in the record books with her most recent achievement in winning the NSW Ladies State Champion of Champion singles.
Murphy, winner of a record five Golden Nugget titles defeated Willow Fong 31/24 in the final.
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JAMIE Nordlof and Ray Lanham won the Bob Foreman Memorial juniors pairs, played indoors on Sunday at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Helensvale has announced its junior mixed pairs on November 20 with four games of 10 ends.
Entries close on November 16 for the event or when the card is full.
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