Veteran bowler shows no age barrier to personal best
AT AGE 66, Ken Evans has just claimed his greatest bowling achievement.
But he can't help but rue what might have been.
Evans finished runner-up in the Australian Champion of Champions tournament in Canberra.
"I'm a bit disappointed," the Ipswich United Services 2011 bowler of the year said.
"I got to the final and fell over in the last game. He played pretty well and I wasn't concentrating or something. I had the bowls there.
"But he'd drive them out or hit (the jack)."
To get to the final, Evans had to beat Australian team member Matt Baus in the semi-final, before going down to fellow Australian team member, 19-year-old Dylan Fisher, in the final 21-8.
It meant falling one game short of the chance to represent Australia at the World Champion of Champions tournament in New Zealand next year.
To get as far as he did, Evans had to win club, district, regional and state titles.
It meant winning 18 singles matches against the best bowlers from Queensland and Australia.
Not bad for a bloke who, at 66, was twice the age of the next oldest competitor at the national finals.
"I did well but I'm still licking my wounds," the truck driver said.
"Whether at my age I can hold up and get through the whole thing again, anybody can guess."
Evans will not be involved but on Monday his IUS club hosts the Queensland qualifying rounds for the 2013 Australian Open.
It means the best lawn bowlers from around Queensland and parts of NSW will be there to stake their claim for a place in the field to contest the national championships in Victoria in February next year.