TERANG bowler Andrew Taylor highlighted his passion for the sport when he played wearing a moon boot last season.
“I smashed my foot to pieces and spent half of the season wearing a moon boot — it couldn’t stop me playing bowls,” he said.
Taylor’s commitment was rewarded this season, anointed one of Terang’s four division one skippers.
He led his rink to a 16-shot win in Western District Bowls Division’s opening Saturday pennant round last weekend.
“Last year Jamie Heffernan had a run and did well and this year they decided to groom me for the job,” the former second said.
“It’s a bit of a jump.”
Taylor, 45, said Terang had to withdraw its division four team this season due to a lack of numbers, forcing a reshuffle in other grades.
The former Yarra-Footscray bowler said that paved the way for him to move into a skipper’s role.
“We had blokes who decided they didn’t want to skip anymore,” Taylor said.
Jim Whitehead and Kevin Lee were among those to hand down the reins.
“Kevin was put in with me to give me some advice but he said ‘I’m not giving any advice unless you ask for it’,” Taylor said.
Taylor said he was a strong all-round sportsman in his junior days, winning state and national titles, and set high expectations for himself.
“I love bowls. I expect to be the best in that as well but I’d be lucky to be in the top 10,000 in the state,” he said.
“Once you start having good days more often you become a good bowler. I have a long way to go.”
Taylor said his aim was to win a state title one day.
Terang Green plays Port Fairy Red in division one today.
Taylor predicted a tough season for his side, which lost to Warrnambool White by two shots in round one.
“We’ll be battling to avoid relegation due to a lack of numbers,” he said.
In other round two matches, City Memorial Gold plays Warrnambool White, Warrnambool Blue hosts City Memorial Red, Timboon Gold and Koroit Blue clash, and Dennington Red battles Warrnambool Gold.