Bethell remains luckless

THE curse of the mighty Norm Bethell has struck at distant Wowan.

Just as bowlers thought it was safe to head on to the hallowed greens of the friendly country club, Bethell made the decision to travel as a part of an Emu Park team for the Wowan Bowls Club Presidents day.

The Wowan competition was expected to provide compensation for the great man following the stunning decision of New Zealand selectors not to call him up for their Commonwealth Games team.

Arriving at the venue in pleasant conditions, Bethell and his teammates set out to produce another dynamic display of bowling brilliance only for the weather gods to look upon the proceedings and end the day for everyone.

“We only played one game, the rain came from nowhere, it was out of the blue,” the luckless Bethell said.

“The club had really laid things on for us as you expect from country clubs.”

Having once been the skip of the Emu Park fours teams, Bethell has been slowly working his way down the list.

Team members are reported to be delighted with his progress which should see him keeping score in future seasons.

Emu Park did have the satisfaction of winning the one game it played with Bethell using the occasion to test his new set of bowls.

Surprisingly Bethell reports no sponsors came forward to link their name with the Emu Park talent and he was forced to purchase the set just like a mere mortal.

“At least they go in the right direction, unlike Pete Matthews,” Bethell said poking fun at a poor unfortunate who failed to correct his bias.

Bethell reports his amazing lack of bowling success continued when failing to win the Retireinvest Mixed Triples at Emu Park on Sunday.

“We played against the Silver Fox (Merv Bird) and he went on to win the tournament,” Bethell said, indicating that made his poor showing acceptable.



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