Fiesta time at open
WHEN first prize in any sporting competition is a new car, the best in the business will always enter.
And so it has proved again for the 9th annual Park Beach Open Singles with 120 players eyeing off the Ford Fiesta on offer.
Yesterday saw the second of three sectional days played before 32 players compete in knockout matches tomorrow morning, ahead of Friday afternoon’s final which always draws a large crowd.
Today reigning champ Matt Pieterson from St John’s Park begins the defence of his title, while clubmate, former world champion Steve Glasson, will be trying to get a second win in three years.
Considering the standard of play over the first two days the pair will have their work cut out for them if they’re to find glory again at Park Beach Bowling Club.
The highly rated Cabramatta trio of Matt Gallop, Ryan Bester and Rowan Brassey have all qualified for tomorrow’s knockout play.
Australian representative Shane Globits, who is now the sports administrator at Port Macquarie’s Westport Club, was the most impressive player during Monday’s sectional play.
Globits won his three matches by a combined total of 61 shots.
In the eight-year history of the Open Singles there’s yet to be a home club victor.
John Bain came close to being the pride of Park Beach when he lost the 2008 final to Glasson while young bowler Denzil Owen reached the semi-final stage back in 2004.
Cory Daley may be the first home-town hero come Friday afternoon.
Daley won all three of his sectional matches by a combined total of 28 shots and looks in good form.
There’s a long way to go before someone wins a car, though.