Turner is tipped to win
KINGSCLIFF star bowler Michael Turner should start favourite to win the Gold Coast District Singles title after advancing to the semi-finals.
The Kingscliff greenkeeper downed Ray Allen from Mermaid beach 25-22 and then beat Geoff Heading from Musgrave Hill 25-16 at Coolangatta on Sunday to seal his place in the final four.
“Mr Consistent” Brian Baldwin is also through to the semi-finals after accounting for Ray Burgess 25-8.
Baldwin will play Musgrave Hill and Queensland representative Shannon Gittoes in one semi-final while Turner will take on Gary Mounsey, also from Musgrave Hill.
Gittoes was lucky to advance, forced to come from well down to defeat emerging bowler Michael Van Runt in the first round before beating Tweed Head's Greg Hardman 25-24.
Perhaps this is a sign for Gittoes, to fight back and win the close matches, and this could be his year to win the coveted title.
Turner was, along with Neville Wood Bradley, instrumental in Kingscliff's great win in the Silver Division of Bowls Super Challenge.
With the sudden departure of former club-mate Wood Bradley, Turner has carried on regardless, even though Kings- cliff has struggled in Gold Division this year.
Turner won selection in the Queensland state side to play his former NSW teammates in August last year but he has since has been overlooked by selectors in a mystery that baffles many astute judges.
A former NSW Premier League “Player of the Series” and NSW runner-up in the Champion of Champions in 2004, Turner has previously won the Gold Coast Winter Carnival Singles and has a better track record than many players in the Queensland side.
The semi-finals and final of the District Singles will be played at Broadbeach on Sunday, March 22.
I am tipping Turner to win from Mounsey and Baldwin to just get over the line against Gittoes with Turner to win the final and show up the state selectors.
Let's hope the Kingscliff lads get behind Turner in his quest against the Musgrave Hill trio and also the State Selectors are present at the finals.
SELECTING teams, men or ladies, and finding good selectors has always been the biggest hurdle for most clubs.
There always has to be a winning team in any competition and selectors do get it right sometimes but across the board the majority of bowling clubs have problems with coming up with the right selectors, and the correct procedure for selecting players in a teams format.
The book “guidelines for selecting pennant teams” is well worth reading, especially ahead of the pennant season that commences in August.
However if clubs haven't got the players with the ability then no matter how good the selectors are, success on the field will be limited.
But success, or winning pennant plaques, should not be the only objective for selectors. Harmony on and off the field can be achieved by selecting sides and players, first in the right division, then selecting players based on A B and C - Ability, Balance and Compatibility.
Of course it is easy to write how to select teams and maintain harmony but as we all know, it is very rare that this happens.
The teams representing Australia in years gone by were partly based on “one player from each state” and even now in state selections it is not always based on the best players and their bowling records - but which selector is the more dominant at the party room selection table.
It happens at club level and also at Pennant and state level ... nothing has changed much in the past 50 years in bowls!