Australia?s top players chase Master Pairs title
SPECTATORS are assured of some excellent bowling with a line up of some of Australia's top players stepping onto the Coffs Ex Services greens.
A talented line up of bowlers from four States will play off for the $16,800 Coffs Harbour Master Pairs which runs from Monday to Thursday.
Last year's winner, Queenslander Jeff Dolan has teamed up with Jason Constable to defend his title.
2005 runners-up Phil Harrison and Eric Johannes (Warilla) will sure to be in the winning circle again this year.
Previous winners, Richard Girvan and Wayne Turley from the Taren Point Bowling Club are in top form fresh from the Commonwealth Games, Girvan representing New Zealand with Turley representing the successful Australian side.
With International and Australian title holders Rowan Brassey, Geoff Sutcliffe, Eric Johannes, John Snell, Col Pritchard and Terry McCabe involved it certainly lifts the standard and makes for a strong tournament.
There are many new faces competing this year in each of the six sections giving us a good balance of strong teams, any of which are capable of taking out the title.
A number of the new teams have entered this year from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia with some very impressive titles to their credit.
There is an equally strong contingent of players from the local and Mid North Coast clubs coupled with several strong teams from Sydney and Newcastle providing some great action and entertainment.
A new face from Queensland is Jason Constable with Jeff Dolan (Springwood Bowls Club) while Ron Schofield and Ken Francis (Musgrave Hill and Southport), Ken Evans and Alan Elliott (Musgrave ill), Alex Murtagh and Fred Diamond (Pine River) return to compete.
Alex Murtagh's father John (Pine River) has teamed with Tony Smith (Evans Head) to try his luck.
NSW is represented by 21-year-old State side member and 2006 player of the year Aron Sherriff teamed with Pat Reynolds (Halekulani).
NSW State side player Matt Sargent (Merrylands) is teamed with NZ International Rohan Brassey (Cabramatta), while Anthony Taylor is with Phil Westcott (Roselands).
Glen Raymond (Merrylands with Andrew Waddell (Mt Lewis) Geoff 'Silver' McGillivray with Ian 'Rocky ' Stone from Warilla, Phil 'Sluggo' Harrison & South Africa International Eric 'Guinness ' Johannes also from Warilla.
South Australian, Garry Mellor (Port Elliott) is teamed with Greg Giannikos (Elizabeth) while Newcastle bowler and former State, Australian and Commonwealth Champion Terry McCabe teams up with Premier League player Mick Beesley.
From Victoria we have former State and Commonwealth player John Snell from Lakes Entrance with Graham Denton Port Macquarie, Barry Lane &Trevor Melotte, 2004 Australia Police Singles champ from Bainsdale, Mark Chaplin with Geoff Tinning, former State Pairs winner from Tongala.
Murray Grimshaw joins Austrailain Champion Geoff Sutcliffe (Shepparton).
The local teams are equally impressive with combinations such as former State players Jim Swan, Park Beach and Noel Waite - Windale Gateshead, are always hard to beat.
Other strong combinations are Zone 14 Singles champ Kent Price with Dallas Cole, Alan Carver/Graeme Purvis, Peter Woodsell/Laurie Morris, John Bain/Corey Daley, Chris Woods/Rod Hiscock, Phil Toy/Aden Pike, Alan and John McFayden.
From the Lower North Coast we have Mark Prior with 2004 State Singles winner Bruce Anderson and Col Baldwin with John O'Neill.
Any one of these teams could be in the winning circle.
The 2006 Coffs Harbour Master Pairs is to be played at the Coffs Harbour Ex Services Bowling Club with section play starting at 9am Monday continuing through to Wednesday.
The Quarter Finals will be played on Wednesday afternoon with the semi-finals on Thursday morning and finals in the afternoon.
Defeated Quarter-finalists will play off on Wednesday afternoon Thursday morning and afternoon for fifth through to eighth place.
Two consolation games will be played for those teams that do no make the quarter finals.
The first consolation is made up from the next eight best performed teams and the next eight best performed teams will make up the second consolation.
These teams play a knock out game with the winners playing off a semi-final and final Thursday morning and afternoon.
This means 24 of the 36 teams have the opportunity to share in the total prize money of $16,800.
With such a great line up of teams spectators are guaranteed of some great entertaining games.