Aussie champion bowler looks for Park Beach Open trifecta
AUSTRALIAN representative bowler Matt Pietersen will be trying to win the Park Beach Open Singles title for the third time when he returns to the Coffs Coast next month.
Cabramatta-based Pietersen, who won the event in 2009, and again in 2013 after a thrilling one point victory against St Johns Park bowler David Holt, was dropped from the national squad in 2012, but is determined to wear the green and gold again.
He believes a third Park Beach crown may bring him again to the notice of the right people.
"I have achieved most things I wanted to achieve in Australian bowls," he said.
"I've won a state title, a state No 1 pennant flag, a premier league title and represented NSW to win a Golden Nugget title.
"But I've always had the burning ambition to represent Australia again."
Other young bowlers expected to perform well are former Park Beach junior champion Matt Miles who is now with the Australian National Training Centre. Australian under-18 Bowler of the Year Michael Sims from Tasmania, 2012 Australian Open runner-up Aaron Teys from Warilla and 2010 Junior World Cup winner Samantha Shanahan from Victoria, are have their bags packed for the visit to the Coffs Coast.
Park Beach Bowls Club publicist Neil Bowes says the new generation of bowlers lifts the excitement level for spectators.
"They play excellent draw bowls, drive ferociously, fitness is top class and their powers of concentration are fantastic."