Wayne Thomson, left, and Tom Sawtell getting in some practice for the national championships to be held in Adelaide
Wayne Thomson, left, and Tom Sawtell getting in some practice for the national championships to be held in Adelaide

Bowlers chasing medals

THE finest vision impaired bowlers in the country will soon be gathering in Adelaide for the National Championships.

And three Mid-North Coast bowlers will be going as part of the medal hunt.

Having qualified at the State Championships, Tom Sawtell, Wayne Thomson and Lyn Dennehy will all be chasing glory as they bowl at the ten-day tournament starting May 4.

All three players will be representing NSW in singles and pairs.

Selection of pairs was made from the gold and silver medallists in the singles state championships.

For Sawtell, it is the second year in a row he has qualified for nationals, having played in Perth last year.

In the B2 category, Sawtell will be hoping to go one better than last year in the pairs competition.

A pairs silver medallist in Perth, Sawtell will this year be teaming up with Sydney bowler Peter Rosenberg.

But in singles he admits he might be up against it from the word go.

"First up, I think I've got Peter Goddard from Western Australia," he said.

"He skips in No. 1 pennant in Perth and just got back from the World Championships."

Dennehy, from Woolgoolga and Thomson, from Nambucca, will both be going to the championships for the first time.

And both are in the B1 category.

Like Sawtell, Thomson will be battling it out for honours in the singles, pairs and mixed pairs.

He will be partnering Peter Fields, another Sydney bowler in the pairs.

Going for the first time, Thomson admits that he has picked Sawtell's brain a little for an insight into what happens at the National Championships.

Playing three games a day for all ten days is certainly a busy schedule.

"I've been doing some research," Thomson said.

"And it certainly isn't going to be beer and skittles for ten days."



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