Garvey eyes sixth gong at bowls carnival


Wiseman Park bowls ace Shane Garvey is expected to be in contention for his sixth player of the tournament gong as this year's South Pacific Bowls Carnival resumes today.

Garvey is looking to add to his four singles, three fours and two pairs titles at the event but will find it tough to top his player of the tournament effort at last year's event which saw him contest all three finals.

He took home the pairs title with partner Robert Smith and missed out on the fours title by just one point, but the 28-match effort took a heavy toll in the singles final where he fell to Jon Green.

"I was a bit disappointed we got beaten by one in the fours final and Johnny Green beat me in the singles but no-one's ever made all three finals so to win that many games and to make three finals is a pretty good effort," he said.

"It's the first time it's ever been done but it just killed me.

"It was more wear and tear than anything else. I was just stuffed.

"I had a bit of a knee injury going into it and it just got worse by the end it was all blown up."

"It was my fifth player of the carnival so I've never had a problem changing disciplines but I think the number of games you end up playing it's physically tough it's mentally tough as well."

The toll last year was so great Garvey admits he considered giving this year's event a miss to focus on his Commonwealth Games aspirations but couldn't resist the opportunity to try and go one or two better, though he's certainly not placing any extra pressure on his shoulders.

"I don't know what I'm going to do this year," he said.

"I was toying with the idea of not playing because I have got a lot of commitments with Bowls Australia in the new year but the way I play I think having the bowl in my hand and playing regularly is going to go a long way."

Garvey will also have to re-familiarise himself with the local greens after spending the bulk of his recent play on slower greens in Victoria.

"I've been playing a lot in Melbourne on heavy tracks so coming on to these they're running a bit quicker.

"I think it's going to take me a day or two to play myself into a bit form on the quicker surface," he said.

He hopes to carry good form from the tournament into key selection tournaments with Bowls Australia next year.

"We just played in Malaysia two weeks ago and I played pretty steady there," he said.

"We've got another trial in February and then they'll pick the side from there.

"It'd be the pinnacle of bowls for me but it's going to come down to a lot of things and I'll just see what happens."

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