Mildura Weekly : Friday June 12 2015 Vol 9 No 31
22 sport MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015 Students go head-to-head at school sports final By ADAM LUITJES RED Cliffs Bowling Club stal- wart Tom Keating admits he wouldn’t be able to play bowls without the use of his trusty bowling arm. Invented in the 1970s by Millewa-born shearer Trevor Harker, the bowling arm is a swinging device with a trigger mechanism that allows players to bowl normally without hav- ing to bend down. A popular sports aid, an estimated 8000 bowlers Aus- tralia-wide now use the device. Last month Tom was the 600th player to be put through a bowling arm coaching course run by expert coaches from Swan Hill and Melbourne, and despite his years of experience, the 90-year-old reckons he picked up a handy tip or two! A transport driver by trade, Tom took up bowls in 1972 after he severed a hip nerve in a workplace accident, which meant most sports were ruled out. The injury – which left him unable to work for 16 months – still troubles the great-grand- father, but not willing to give up bowls, Tom turned to the bowling arm a couple of years ago. “The bowling arm helps a lot,” Tom said. “Because of my injury I bowl off the wrong foot. I first got a walking stick and then the arm. “It has improved my bowls, especially my balance.” Twenty-six of Red Cliffs Bowls Club’s 90 members use a bowling arm, and according to Tom, last month’s expert coaching session was helpful. “People here have been us- ing it for a number of years,” he said. “We have never had any coaches tell us what we are doing right or wrong. “The coaching definitely helped with my stance on the mat and the swing of my arm.” Playing up to three games a week, Tom says the bowling arm has prolonged not only his, but many of his team- mate’s, careers. “That’s why people go for the arm,” he said. “You have to step forward and bend over and a lot of them have crook backs and can’t get up again!” Newly-appointed RCBC president Jim Farrelly also uses a bowling arm, and isn’t sur- prised to see the aid growing in popularity. “It has enabled many peo- ple to keep on bowling,” he said. “A lot of people say they will never use one, but if you can’t get out there and bowl and your body won’t let you then it can help.” Bowling arm has Tom on a roll • BOWLING AID: Red Cliffs Bowls Club member Tom Keating with his bowling arm, which keeps him bowling along at the age of 90! NICHOLS Point Prima- ry School was a hive of activity on Wednesday as 200 Grade Four, Five and Six students took part in the Irymple Dis- trict Winter Sports Final. Irymple, Irymple South and Nichols Point students played AFL and hockey, with the winning teams pro- gressing to the Sunray- sia Division finals on Wednesday, July 24. Irymple Secondary College students um- pired the games, and ac- cording to NPPS leading teacher Danuel Holy, the day was a success. “It was a fantastic day,” Danuel said. “It’s great to see the kids try- ing new sports, especial- ly the girls playing AFL football.” • Irymple Primary School’s Ella Baird runs away from Nichols Point Primary’s Lois Taylor, ABOVE, with Irymple South hockey players Jade Winzler and Nell Banks-Purcell, BELOW LEFT, also in action during the day. Also competing were Nichols Point Primary School footballers Taj Moncur, Lachjan Clarke and Alex Heuzenroeder, BELOW. Photos: PAUL MENSCH Laser Plumbing Mildura VIC & NSW LIC. NO. 32486 1300 55 82 73 Suite 2/138 Eighth St, Mildura firstname.lastname@example.org laserplumbing.com.au Quality Australian Steel ✔ Long Life Performance ✔ Low Maintenance ✔ Wide Variety of Colour ✔ Totally Dependable ✔ The Roofing Specialists Beat the end of financial year price rise!
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