Bowls Tasmania Men’s Bowler of the Year
What does an abacus, a calculator and a spreadsheet all
have in common? None were required to work out who this years Men’s Bowler of
the Year was. When one player wins three state titles in a week, they could
pretty much not enter any other events and walk away with the title. That
wasn’t the case with victories in the Southern Singles & Triples to go with
the aforementioned State Singles, Pairs & Fours, that Glenorchy Rodman’s
Cameron Tegg claimed this season to be awarded this prestigious award.
The January clean sweep was a first for a male in this
state and will be a difficult feat to ever repeat. Approximately 20 victories
were required often against the highest quality of opposition, a difficult feat
to achieve requiring great concentration, focus and skill execution.
In all of Tegg’s team victories fellow Glenorchy Rodman
bowler Lee Schraner was the skip who worked with Tegg to ensure the high level
of bowls continued throughout the State Gala week and the Southern Triples.
These wins saw Schraner finish in second position and maybe contemplating a new
partner for next year to increase his ability of taking out this title. Thanks
to Schraner’s success in Mainland tournaments, he also sits third in the Aero
Bowls National rankings and the whole state will be wishing him the best at the
Australian Open in his quest to catch Ryan Bester and hold off any other
challengers for the number one ranking.
The next two positions saw the Sims brothers from the
Trevallyn bowls club, who both had a stellar year. Michael Sims was able to win his first State
Open title, teaming with Tegg & Schraner in the Fours. Ultimately it would
be Michael who would pip Lachie into third place, thanks to his Runner up
Result in the State Pairs with David Genford. Lachie gained points from his
State Singles Runner Up finish, his Northern Singles victory and both Sims
brothers were in the winning Northern Fours team. Both players will have many
opportunities to walk away with this award in years to come.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Dover RSL’s Robert McMullen.
McMullen completed the dream team rink that won the State Fours and the
Southern Triples. Hard to be disappointed when you walk away with a State Title
but McMullen would always be keen to win this award for the first time in years
Congratulations to all bowlers who achieved success this
year but no-one can deny that Cameron Tegg was the standout in the events that
qualify for this award, a deserved winner!
Cameron Tegg (Glenorchy Rodman)
95 – Lee
Schraner (Glenorchy Rodman)
Michael Sims (Trevallyn)
Lachie Sims (Trevallyn)
Robert McMullen (Dover RSL)
Story by David Genford