Stinson and Simpson's plan: Orange City pair's shot at national finals

ON A ROLL: Lee Stinson will attempt to make his fourth national finals when he travels to Warilla for the Australian Indoor Singles NSW qualifiers today.

ON A ROLL: Lee Stinson will attempt to make his fourth national finals when he travels to Warilla for the Australian Indoor Singles NSW qualifiers today.

ORANGE City duo Lee Stinson and Adam Simpson will today attempt to roll their way into the Australian Indoor Singles national finals at Tweed Heads.

The pair will make the trip to the Warilla Bowling Club for the NSW qualifying section of the 2014 Australian Indoor Singles, and Stinson, a three-time qualifier, is confident both he and Simpson can make an impact against some of the state’s best lawn bowlers.

“Of course, everyone, even though you’d have varying degrees of bowlers from Australian and NSW reps to your average club bowler, gives themselves a chance at making it this weekend,” Stinson said.

The draw is divided into nine sections, with 16 players in each section.

Playing in a knockout format, Stinson will compete in section six and takes on Bellambi bowler Simon McGovern in his first round.

Competing in the same section, Simpson will face home-town favourite Robert Tynan.

The top player from each section will progress through to the national finals.

In total, nine NSW qualifiers will receive entry to the national finals of the Australian Indoor Singles, to be played over three days at Tweed Heads from Monday, August 18.

Stinson said the knockout format alone meant the NSW qualifiers played host to some extremely competitive bowls.

Throw in the level of competition at this year’s tournament and the Orange City gun was expecting a tough weekend on the greens.

“It can be, depending on who you play in your section,” he said.

“You may get a couple of games to work into the tournament or you may get bundled out in the first round.

“There’s former state representative Daniel Ellem or former Ireland international Robert Allen in our section, so it’s not easy.”

Matches will be played at Warilla and East Cessnock Bowling Clubs. 

The qualifying rounds will be conducted over four days starting on Friday at Warilla.

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