Zone tests State Reserves
AS CEO of Bowls NSW, Ray Tozer says that the tour of the state's reserve team has been an outstanding success on so many levels.
"The reserve team have thoroughly enjoyed the tour as the camaraderie within the team builds up," he said.
"More importantly though, it promotes the sport in the country and the state selectors get to see country players as well as continue to evaluate the players in the reserve team."
Playing at Sawtell on Thursday against the best players that the local Zone 14 could offer, the NSW reserve team was pushed all the way before securing victory.
"The standard has been exceptionally good and I think the selectors have got a bit to think about bearing in mind that NSW were beaten by Queensland recently," Tozer added.
"This is a pretty good zone team that they're playing against."
Having played against other zone teams earlier in the week at Gloucester, Tea Gardens and Armidale City, Tozer admitted that he was particularly pleased that Sawtell were given a chance to host the high standard clash.
"We're trying to take bowls to clubs that are trying to the right thing by the game," he explained.
"The clubs that we've been to this week are clubs that are all trying to promote and take game forward."
It's when he's looking forward that the greatest signs of excitement are shown.
He beamed with pride when he pointed out the form of 16 year-old Matthew Peterson.
From the Parkes Railway club, Peterson belied his tender years not too long ago to defeat Coffs Ex-Services Alan Carver to take out the state singles title.
He also was quick to point out that there probably wasn't anyone of the 32 bowlers on Thursday who would've been over the age of 50.
"Bowls is becoming a game for younger people and really why shouldn't it be?" he asked.
"It's great exercise without being too strenuous and it's a pretty cheap sport to play."
If Tozer can continue to bring back to the zone the standard of play that was on offer last Thursday, then it probably won't be long until players from the Zone 14 teams have jumped the fence and will become a foe of the locals by being a part of state teams themselves.