Kerkow out to break hoodoo
HE may be one of the Tweed's most coveted bowlers, but the question remains: Can Kelvin Kerkow break a 22-year-old hoodoo in defence of his title in the 2009 Golden Nugget at Tweed Heads Bowls Club from August 3?
Kerkow, who has been a Golden Nugget winner on three occasions including 2008 and is a warm favourite for this year's title, fully knows the hoodoo that he needs to overcome.
No male competitor has won back-to-back titles in the 22 year history of this tournament, despite many of Australia's top bowlers attempting and failing.
Although back in 1995 Kerkow lost in the final 25/18 against Steve Glasson after winning in 1994. Ironically Glasson then lost 25/19 in the final the following year to South Australian Ian Taylor. “I feel confident and in form and this year could be the year the hoodoo is broken,” Kerkow said.
“But even if I finish in the top two in my section I then have to face the State Singles winners in the semi final. This year the Golden Nugget has gone “National” with all the state singles winners invited to play in the same section and this “change for the better” has given all bowlers in all states of Australia the chance to compete against Australia's best bowlers. Kerkow heads an impressive but albeit short list of “invitees” including 2007 winner Steve Glasson, in-form young Queensland bowler Sean Baker from Broadbeach, Victorian Todd Simmons who was runner up in the recent Australian Indoor Championship, and his compatriot Lee Schraner, the 2008/09 Champion of Champions dual winner.
In the women's, Jo Edwards, the 2008 World Bowls Champion Pairs winner from New Zealand, heads an notable list of contenders in the ladies field along with international Kay Moran who is playing in her first Golden Nugget, experienced national squad member Sharyn Renshaw who was runner up in 2007, and 2008 Australian Indoor runner up Therese Hastings from Western Australia.
The compete field for the 2009 Golden Nugget is as follows:
Todd Simmons (Vic), Kelvin Kerkow (Qld), Steve Glasson (NSW), Sean Baker (Qld, Lee Schraner (Vic), Hec Beswick (Qld). State Winners: Craig McCarron (Vic), Mark Strochnetter (Tas), Brett Hurrell (SA), Cory Daley (NSW), Brian Axford (WA) Nathan Rice (Qld)
Jo Edwards (NZ), Kay Moran (NSW), Therese Hastings (WA), Yvonne Lovelock (Qld), Sharyn Renshaw (NSW) Ann-Maree Peart (Qld). State Winners: Roma Dunn (WA), Robyn Thomassen (Vic), Gloria Clifton (NSW), Rebecca Quail (Tas), Lyn Cuthbertson (Qld) and ACT winner Barbara Mullins