Swifts brigade and Vic ring-in triumph
ONE person's misfortune is often another's gain.
Such was the case for a group of Swifts lawn bowlers at the recent Pan Pacific Masters tournament at the Gold Coast's Southport Bowls Club.
The Swifts foursome of Colin Fishlock, Peter Dean, Patricia Carpenter and Annie Lagan was scheduled to start on the Monday but on the Saturday night before the event, Lagan broke her shoulder in four spots after she tripped over the guy rope of a tent annex.
"We knew we'd have to get subs to fill in," Fishlock said.
Fortunately for the remaining three bowlers, Victorian Brendan Neale was on hand to lend assistance.
"Brendan was up from Victoria to watch his parents play and he said "I can play if you like'," Fishlock said.
The Swifts three were happy to have him.
"He's very good," Fishlock said.
While the newly-formed foursome was delighted to claim a medal, they spared a thought for Lagan.
"She didn't get anything out of it but she was happy for us," Fishlock said.
For Fishlock, the bonze medal was a continuation of his previous good form at the games.
"We were hoping to get a medal," he said.
"The couple was with (Dean and Carpenter) ... we hadn't played that much together.
"I got a bronze in 2008 playing fours and a silver in the mixed pairs."
The gold continues to elude him but Fishlock is determined to be there next time to complete his collection.
As for Lagan, it will likely depend on how well she recovers from her injury.
"It'll be a case of how she goes first," Fishlock said. "We'll have wait and see because she's 85."