East Coast stars roll into town
Australian Internationals to play in Masters Pairs Australian International Aron Sherriff is a major draw card when the second round of the prestigious Nexus Doubleview Masters Pairs begins at Doubleview Bowling Club this Sunday. Also joining him with be former Australian rep Ian Taylor the man known for more twists in his bowling delivery than chubby checker but a player with outstanding talent having won virtually every major bowls event on the calendar throughout his career.
30yo Sherriff who bowls out of Ettalong Memorial NSW has an outstanding bowls resume having played 198 games for Australia since his debut in 2007. A Commonwealth Games singles bronze medallist he has gold medals in the World Championships, the World Champion of Champions and Asia Pacific Championships. He has been awarded the Australian International Player of the Year for the last three years.
Sherriff will play with Western Australia representative and Doubleview member Kyle McIlroy who should be able to pass on some good advice having skipped and played over 300 games for Doubleview in Premier League. Although the pair will go into sectional play as red hot favourites they do face one of the toughest sections in the draw up against quality opposition including Osborne Park’s Gary Caffell and Neil Payne, young guns Matthew Ayres and Josh Hamilton and also a handy Kardinya side of Marc Abonnel and Steve Hughes.
Ian “Tails” Taylor whose remarkable bowls delivery always makes him extremely popular with spectators is based out of Kingscliff NSW and has been at the top echelon of the lawn bowls ranks for a very long time. He made his debut for Australia in 1991 and has won countless tournaments throughout his extensive playing career. The 56 year old is still keen as ever and still in the peak of his form as evidence by his current Australian ranking of 2.
Taylor will partner Doubleview legend and Bowls WA Hall of Famer Lindsay “Prickles” Thorn. The duo look to have a fairly comfortable section and would be expected to progress to the finals which begin at 10am on Monday.
The semi finals of the Nexus Doubleview Masters Pairs will be played on Tuesday from 11am with final expected to begin around 3.30pm.
Photo: The unique delivery of Ian Taylor