Ready to take on state

War­wick Bellert will com­pete in the dis­trict cham­pi­onships in May

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

WAR­WICK Bellert is aim­ing for the Queens­land Lawn Bowls Dis­trict Cham­pi­onship on the Gold Coast in May as his big per­for­mance for the first half of the year.

“I had a bad year in 2015, I lost some in­ter­est in the game and didn’t play much, but I’m run­ning sec­ond this year so I feel I’m in good form again,” Bellert said.

“Five wins this week­end might be a first for Gayn­dah; as long as I’ve been play­ing they’ve never seen three five game win­ners so that is a pretty big ef­fort.”

Bellert has been an ac­tive lawn bowler for half of his life.

“I first started play­ing in 2006, so I’ll have been play­ing 11 years in March,” Bellert said.

“I looked at it as an ac­tive sport and took it se­ri­ously.”

Bellert started to see suc­cess in the sport af­ter just a hand­ful of years.

“I didn’t start to play big un­til 2011 and 2012 but more so in 2012,” Bellert said.

“2014 was my year though, I won al­most every since thing I played in and felt I was in re­ally good form for that year.

“I got to play with some big names as well, when I say big names to me they were and com­pared to me they were well known and fairly good play­ers.”

Bellert got to play with an­other of the younger play­ers from the club, Tom Colvin, at the week­end.

“It was good but I didn’t re­ally look at it as a men­tor­ing thing, I haven’t done any­thing like that yet.

“To me bowls is an age­less sport, I mean I’m go­ing on 22 and I play with guys in their 50s and 60s.”

Af­ter com­ing back into the game and find­ing more good form, Bellert has al­ready made the Bur­nett side to rep­re­sent the re­gion at the dis­trict cham­pi­onships this year.

“All the dis­tricts in Queens­land put to­gether four teams of your and we all go down to the Gold Coast in May for the cham­pi­onship,” Bellert said.

“Find­ing form now is good and I’ll keep work­ing on my game lead­ing up to that.

“I have played in rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams be­fore like the Gayn­dah Pen­nant team but the dis­trict side is re­ally my thing.”

Bellert is an­other of Gayn­dah Bowls Club ju­nior coach Ash­ley Har­ris’ pupils and much like Taleah Put­ney has found great suc­cess from his coach­ing.

“Yeah back in the day I used to be coached by Ash­ley, he helps a lot,” Bellert said.

Bellert is look­ing to keep chang­ing up the greens he bowls on in the lead up to the Gold Coast cham­pi­onships.

“I will keep play­ing, I’ll play a few away at places like Miriam Vale, Glad­stone and down to Ta­room,” Bellert said.

“I like the Sunny Coast too; I have a mate who moved from Kin­garoy to Coolum and he is the club cham­pion there now so I’ll go play some games with him too.

“The Fraser Coast is good too, I’m pretty easy for wher­ever we go play just so long as the team is will­ing to go too.”

Bellert will use the va­ri­ety of greens with their dif­fer­ences to strengthen his game prior to the start of the dis­trict cham­pi­onship on the Gold Coast in May.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

LAWN BOWLER: War­wick Bellert is start­ing off 2017 in some fine form.

War­wick Bellert com­pet­ing in a pre­vi­ous tour­na­ment.

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