For Denis, five out of six aint bad
By MITCHELL DALE
AMERICAN singer Meatloaf once said two out of three ain't bad.
Wise words, especially from a man who named himself after a dinner dish.
But, as Sawtell bowler Denis Scott discovered this year, five out of six is even better.
In a dominant 2004, Scott has claimed Sawtell's major pairs, triples, fours, mixed pairs and consistency singles titles.
The only one absent from the list is the major singles.
But Scott is philosophical about missing the complete set of all six major club titles in a year.
"I wasn't too disappointed (about not winning the club singles)," he said.
"I have won the major singles for the past two years and I've been lucky enough to win singles at every club I have played at.
"I was beaten by a better bowler on the day.
"To be a good bowler, you have got to accept that on any given day, any one can beat you."
Anyway, missing the 2004 singles flag is hardly going to leave a glaring space in Scott's trophy cabinet.
The former NSW squad member has claimed 26 major titles at Sawtell over the past nine years and you get the feeling he won't mind too much when the next generation supersede him on the greens.
As Sawtell's bowls organiser for the past five years, Scott has put a lot of time into making the club a competitive force in the district.
So every time he is beaten by a young buck in a club event, it means his plan to strengthen the club is bearing fruit.
"I was lucky enough to start bowling when I was 21 and I have had a good run," he said.
"It is very satisfying to help other bowlers and give back what I have got out of bowls.
"Sawtell is a club that is on the up.
"We have concentrated on developing a lot of new, younger bowlers and we are getting better and better.
"There is a lot of talent here, we have six players in the district side and I think five were selected in the district over-45s.
"Next year I think Sawtell should hold our own against the strong clubs like Park Beach and Coffs Harbour."
While claiming five of the six major titles is an amazing personal achievement, Scott got just as much pleasure out of helping some younger bowlers achieve their maiden successes along the way.
"I got a lot of satisfaction this year out of winning the pairs, triples and fours with young bowlers and see them win their first major titles," he said.