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Dearth of entries may spur masters overhaul

Queanbeyan's prestigious masters pairs could undergo a facelift next year after receiving only 30 entries.

The $15,000 tournament rolls off on Monday, with the final the following Thursday at 1.30pm.

Queanbeyan bowls co-ordinator David Newham put the lack of interest down to a packed calendar and he hinted organisers might need to shake up the tournament and reinvigorate it after its 86th running.

Last year's winners, Peter Fahey and Shane Stuart, will return to defend their title, while Queanbeyan's Robbie Chesher and Brian Wilson, who played for Queanbeyan before moving to the Sunshine Coast, are the home-club hopes.

This year's winners will split $2800 between them.

Masters titles are normally much sought after in bowling circles, with fields restricted to club champions and those players who have won higher honours.


The Victorian masters singles championship at Richmond Union, in Melbourne, is hugely popular and attracts some of the best bowlers in the country.

''There's just that much bowls on at the moment it's hard to attract [players],'' Newham said. ''The locals are still coming; it's just hard to attract blokes from interstate.

''Normally we get a good roll up from Victoria and the South Coast, but there's none from Victoria and only two sides from the South Coast - can't really put a finger on it except there's too much on for them.

''Maybe we'll have to change the format somewhat next year, try to attract them for a weekend or something like that.''

Valley royalty crowned

West Deakin Hellenic duo Keith Pickard and Terri Bulley have rolled through undefeated to be crowned King and Queen of the Valley at Tuggeranong Valley Bowls Club

on Sunday.

Not only did they claim the crowns, but they picked up $1000 each in prizemoney.

The only other undefeated pair was the Milton Ulladulla team of Jannette McDonald and Anthony Barca, who finished second. Tuggeranong's Annette Tye and Andrew Howie were third.

It's been a good week for Australia A squad member Howie, who won the big men's pairs tournament at Tuggeranong the weekend before, splitting the $3400 with partner Damon Jeffery, after beating Richard Lawson and Phil Westcott.

States vie for fours title

The ACT's champion fours combinations will do battle this weekend for the states' ''champion of champions'' fours titles. The women will slog it out at Weston Creek, starting on Saturday at 9.30am, with the final at 1.30pm on Sunday.

The men are at Yass, with the final at 1.30pm on Sunday.