Smith father and son strikes gold for Queensland

THE unpredictable timber lanes of Kingaroy Tenpin bowling alley have allowed Kingaroy's Philip and Andrew Smith to lift Queensland to victory.

A win at the 2015 Restricted Challenge in Lidcombe, Sydney, rounded off a year to remember for the father-and-son team.

It also gave them a reason to stay on top of their game ahead of their 2016 season.

Phil and Andrew were part of a four-person team from Kingaroy, along with Peter Smith and Malcolm Selway, who won the Vaughan White Shield in Chermside.

The Kingaroy team finished 84 pins in front of their nearest competitors from Brisbane in August.

"We've got to defend the Vaughan White Shield," Philip said.

"We demolished the opposition, using our handicaps of course, against state bowlers."

When matched on an equal level, Philip and Andrew continued to prove their dominance.

The pair helped Queensland win the Restricted Challenge men's category and come second in the overall category.

Philip came sixth in the men's class while Andrew finished 13th.

He put this success down to the timber edge at the Kingaroy bowling alley.

"It gives you an advantage. You have to learn to adapt to conditions," he said.

"Every time we bowl here (in Kingaroy) it's different.

"There's a lot of factors with a timber alley."

Philip said even a change in room temperature could alter the path of the ball down the alley as the timber slats contracted or expanded.

When Philip first started in the sport in the 1970s, wooden alleys were a common feature.

Philip said there were only a few left, to the advantage of Kingaroy's bowlers.

"All the Kingaroy bowlers bowl better on synthetics," he said.

When Philip played in the 1970s he was a formidable tenpin bowler and once bowled against John Burgess.

Before Burgess was a radio and radio presenter, he was a state-level bowler.

"I thought I was on a winning streak and then he put me in my place as a young whippersnapper," Philip said.

"He bowled a 300.

"But you can't get angry at him when he's having a joke and a laugh."

At his peak, Philip bowled at a state open level but injured his back which left him out of the sport for 30 years.

After Andrew got into tenpin bowling more than four years ago, Philip also made his return, but said there were big differences in the sport.

"Forty years ago there was a lot more money," he said.

"It's just not as popular anymore."

Philip noticed there was a decline in the number of younger bowlers at major competitions.

"They don't play in the real world anymore," he said.

Bowling with his son, Philip often shares advice to keep the bowling success rolling through the family.

"We critique each other. (Andrew) could be more accurate and consistent. I'm the opposite, I slow down and become less accurate."

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