Former Aussie champ gets ready to roll up
FORMER Australian representative Jay Globits had hardly rolled a bowl in anger for the past three years, but after winning one of the region's top events in his comeback last weekend, the 34-year-old's passion for the sport has been rekindled.
Globits won the Mooloolaba Bowls Club's pre-eminent event, the Keith Poole Top Draw Fours, alongside current national representative Mark Casey and noted players Ryan Bester and Darren Mullen.
The quartet snared 6 1/2 points from a possible eight to claim victory in the 22-team tournament, which included many of the country's top competitors.
"They asked me to play and it was such a good team, I thought I would give it a go," Jay said.
"Now, I've got a bit of a taste for it again."
"In all honesty, it has rekindled my interest, but I will just play in some of the bigger tournaments."
Globits started playing as a 12-year-old.
"My brother (Shane) was born with rheumatoid arth
ritis and he took up bowls because rugby league was starting to become too much for his aching bones," Jay said.
Indeed, the brothers emerged as genuine contenders in the sport and both represented Australia.
Jay won about 40 titles including the national indoor bowls trophy.
He and his teammate subsequently donned the Australian colours for the world indoor championships in 2011, when they just missed out on a berth in the quarter-finals.
But although Jay stepped away from the green, he was never far away from the sport as he took on the role of general manager at the Mooloolaba Bowls Club during its redevelopment phase.
These days his focus is on family and running a motel, ironically just across the road from the bowls club.
But now, with a win under his belt in his comeback event, there is every chance we will see Globits at more major tournaments.
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