If there’s one player who knows what it takes to win the Yallourn Classic Singles it’s Australian
He followed up the performance with back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010 before winning it again in 2012.
And now Lester is back for more.
“I must admit, every time I’ve been there since I won it you’ve got a bit of a target on your back – which is
“I accept that challenge and understand that every player on their day is there to win.
“They’re doing their best and so am I.
“I hope I play better over the three days and hopefully come out on top.”
Lester, who coaches Mulgrave Country Club, comes into the tournament in cracking form after claiming silver in the men’s triples at last month’s World Bowls Championships with Aron Sherriff and Mark Casey.
Lester, who represented Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, was happy to be back in Australian
“I was 23 when I played in the 2006 Commonwealth Games,” he said.
“Only five people get picked – to tick that box, I was just over the moon.”
“My then goal when I missed out on Glasgow (Commonwealth Games in 2014) was to quickly turn my focus to the world championships.”
With the world championships behind him, Lester feels he is fine form heading into the Yallourn Classic Singles.
“I’m feeling very confident, I’m really happy with my technique,” he said.
“I’ve just got to get out and do some practice in the next few weeks.
“It’s a good event –
The four-time tournament champion said he was happy to return to Yallourn Bowling Club because of the quality of competition and high level of
“It’s one of my
“Yallourn gets a good field of bowlers from around Victoria and interstate.
“The greens have always been good, it’s a convenient time of year with a lot of people still on holidays and it’s good to have a good hit out at that time of year.
“The club’s supportive of the players; they make you feel at home and they go out of their way to do anything for you, which is a good thing.”
With the Adelaide Masters Singles in April, a tournament in South Africa and a series against England, Lester is expecting a busy 2017.
Between now and June he has about 8-10 state and international events in line.
But after returning to Australian
Fortunately, the Australian representative knows what’s required to reach the top.
“You have to
“You’ve got to stay involved and you’ve got to stay focused.
“There might be a heavy workload, but you know what the possibilities are in terms of being selected by your country and potentially playing the Commonwealth Games.
“You do it for the ultimate reward.”
For Lester, the next step in that journey begins at the Yallourn Classic Singles.