Talented lawn bowler, Will Sharkey playing in the Dorrigo Classic Triples carnival earlier this year.
Talented lawn bowler, Will Sharkey playing in the Dorrigo Classic Triples carnival earlier this year.

Will returns to greener pastures

By GREG WHITE

WHILE daylight saving is seen as a curse by some diehards, Urunga bowler Will Sharkey sees it as an asset to his vast range of sporting interests.

"I love my bowls and the extra hours of daylight means I can get out onto the greens for practice," he said.

"Hockey takes up much of my time in the winter months but during summer there's also plenty of room for squash and competition tennis.

"But bowling has become my biggest interest."

The extra practice is starting to pay big dividends for Sharkey.

"Earlier this year my team finished runners up in the Dorrigo Triples Classic," he said.

"I took the lead for Gary Johnston and Ernie Hodges and it was my first placing in a major event."

His form has taken the eye of rep selectors who included him in the Mid North Coast under 45's squad.

Not bad for a schoolboy protege marked for big things, before turning his back on the sport.

"When I was 13, my dad took me down to the club to muck around," Sharkey said.

"During school days I won a lot of tournaments including making it through to a state final."

But at 18, he walked away from the greens, for reasons he can't explain.

"I don't have the answer," he said.

"Maybe I was just sick of it or there were too many other things on my plate."

Now 26, Sharkey says the comeback bug bit him hard.

"It just felt like the time was right.

"Now I'm back, I can't get enough of the game."

Sharkey has no other aim than to do the best he can.

"Luck plays a part but so does effort," he said.

"The effort comes with practice and while there's plenty of sunshine after work, you'll find me on the green."



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