Brown strikes for 300
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT'S taken nearly 30 years but finally someone has bowled a perfect game at Coffs Harbour's Holiday Lanes centre.
Playing in the Holiday Coast doubles last Thursday night, Richard Brown was the man whose name went up in lights as he recorded the first score of 300 thanks to his 12 consecutive strikes.
Brown has been tenpin bowling for 30 years now, starting out in Goulburn before moving to Sydney.
He settled in Coffs Harbour seven years ago and even though this is the first time the magical figure has been reached in this town, Brown admits that it's not the first time he's seen the number 300 next to his name.
"This was the third time that I did it," he said.
"It didn't matter though because towards the end of the game I was still pretty nervous, I think you always are.
"Being the first one in the centre I think added a little bit more pressure."
When the final strike was made, there was no massive amount of fanfare around the centre or magical '300' balloon let off like there was in The Simpsons.
A great cartoon on the scoreboard flashed up and people congratulated the inaugural perfect gamer but that was about as far as it went.
"I'd like to think I was low key when it happened," Brown added.
"Really though, it's an event that happen only so often, it's a bit like a hole-in-one in golf."
At the age of 58, there's no way that Brown is looking upon this achievement as possibly his last chance to bowl the perfect game.
"I think there's a few left in me," he said.
"I've still got some years left so there's still probably one or two left although you don't plan for it, they just come around."