Bowls No.1 dumped from Comm games
By TONY WHITE
FORMER Grafton resident Shane Globits, Australia's No.1 ranked lawn bowler, has a point to prove to national bowls selectors.
Globits controversially missed selection in Australia's lawn bowls team for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
So too did Australia's reigning world singles champion, Steve Glasson.
"It (missing selection) is certainly disappointing, I thought I'd done enough throughout the year and finished the year number one, but regardless it's been a great year for me," Globits said.
Globits was a member of the Australian Commonwealth Games squad and returned from a training camp in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon.
While missing the Games team, Globits has been selected to represent Australia singles at the Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand and Malaysia at the Games sight in Melbourne on January 29.
"That softened the blow a little and it's an extra opportunity to show selectors what I can do," Globits said.
"I'll put my head down and do my best for my country.
"There is strong motivation to perform well."
The 29-year-old former South Grafton Bowling Club member has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom this year, culminating in him winning the Australian Open in March and pocketing $12,000.
Recently he played triples for Australia in the Asia Pacific Games in Melbourne and travelled to New Zealand for the World Champion of Champions tournament.
Globits was beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winner, Mark Walton from England.
The tournament brought together national champions from 22 countries.
"I won 13 of 14 matches," Globits said. "My results have come quickly this year. Previously I've never been ranked above number five. It's been a great year and maybe the Commonwealth Games have come a bit early for me.
"It would have been great to be in the team, but the next Games are only four years down the track in New Delhi, India, and that will be a major goal.
"My first goal though is to do well in the Trans Tasman series."
Globits, who now resides on the Gold Coast is a member of the Helensvale Bowling Club.
His parents, Vic and Dale still reside in South Grafton.
Globits, who said bowls representative commitments have kept him away from home for nine months this year, was due to arrive in Grafton yesterday to catch up with his folks and old mates from the South Grafton Bowling Club.
Australia's Commonwealth Games team comprises: men's ? Singles: Kelvin Kerkow (Qld); Pairs: Barrie Lester (Vic) and Nathan Rice (Qld); Triples: Bill Cornehls (Qld), Wayne Turley (NSW) and Mark Casey (Qld) and womens - Singles: Maria Rigby (NSW); Pairs: Lynsey Armitage (Qld) and Karen Murphy (NSW); Triples: Noi Tucker (Qld), Roma Dunn (WA) and Ceri Ann Davies (Qld).
"I really hope the team does well, I'll be there cheering for them," Globits said.
"The England and Scottish team will be our main dangers. The greens in Melbourne are slower than normal Australian greens and that will suit England and Scot- land."