Col still competitive
WITH more than 200 State games for Queensland behind him, Park Beach lawn bowler, Col Pritchard still relishes the opportunity to mix it with the best.
Pritchard has been named in the NSW seniors side for the NSW Super 12 State Sides challenge at St John's Park in Sydney on April 24-25.
Pritchard will play third for Penrith skip Gary Adnum behind lead Sam Laguzza (Halekulani) and second Ray Robinson (Harbord).
The NSW seniors will play matches against the NSW State team, the State reserves and the State under-25 team.
This event is designed to assist all aspiring players and the Keno Hijackers State side in their preparation for the Australian sides' championships in Darwin in May.
State senior champion last year, Pritchard has been in vintage form at all levels of the game.
He enjoyed his first State seniors selection last year playing in a round-robin tournament against NSW, Queensland and the ACT which is now an annual event.
"While I have played a lot of State bowls in the past it is nice to be recognised in a bowls team at a senior level as tennis and golf masters events have been around for a long time," he said.
"Up until last year, bowls was probably one of the few sports which didn't recognise seniors.
"It was getting to the stage where supposedly all over 60s bowlers could do was to go out and win a dead chook on Tuesdays, with this innovation it is nice to be recognised that you are still competitive."
Pritchard believes there is more pressure on the younger bowlers to make a name for themselves while they are still young because once you get over the age of 40 you tend to be overlooked for State sides.
Col feels there are still a few shocks in store for the younger players.
"Age and cunning can still beat youth and skill but time will tell," he said.