Canny Luke knows when to show up
By GREG WHITE
SAWTELL bowler George Fisher has a simple theory why son Luke was so keen to partner his winning bid for the club major-minor pairs.
"When there's prizemoney on offer he's in like a shot," the canny native of Scotland laughed.
"But after picking up $500 each I reckon, after the win, we left a hundred on the bar."
Luke, 21, is a graduate of the junior program started more than a decade ago by Cameron Curtis at Park Beach.
"I was runner-up at the age of 12 in a Park Beach tournament," Luke said.
"But I lost the shootout with a wrong bias on the last bowl."
George's story of his introduction to the game is a common one.
"First time I was asked to play was about 15 years ago and like a lot of people, I couldn't understand why anybody would want to take on lawn bowls," he said.
"It gets you in and from that first game I wanted to take it seriously."
Fisher Snr has since become a prolific title-winner.
"At club level, the major singles in 1998 and the fours and pairs a couple of times," he said.
"Robbie Gudgeon and I had a pretty decent pairs combination going in the '90s but the biggest win of them all was sharing the prize in the Woolgoolga masters fours a couple of years ago."
Luke's only championship victory prior to the current title was the Sawtell minor triples in 2003.
The duo claimed the series with a 5-1 win-loss ratio.
"Going into the final round four teams were separated by a point or so," George said.
"We had to beat Alan McFadden and Geoff Graham in 'sudden death' and managed to sneak home by one end."
This weekend, dad Fisher is off to Bellingen to play while Luke will put his feet up.
"He mustn't need the money," dad grinned.