Beesley resolved to resurrect rep career

MICK Beesley believes you always have to set yourself goals in life.

That is why he is looking to resurrect his representative career after an absence of almost four years.

Beesley, who turns 60 next month, retired from the representative scene in 2008 after 154 games for Newcastle.

He won the state triples championship and was Newcastle Bowler of the Year in 2003 and has also claimed four Newcastle district titles.

‘‘I had played for NSW Reserves but with the abundant amount of younger talent available throughout the state I realised that was as far as I was going for the time being,’’ Beesley said.

‘‘So I decided to take a step back and concentrate more on travelling for a while.

‘‘I never lost my love for the game or the desire to play at the highest level.

‘‘And now I have the fire back in the belly.’’

He is now aiming for the Newcastle senior representative side (60 years and over).

‘‘If I can make the Newcastle seniors side, then maybe I might be able to then make the state side at the same level,’’ Beesley said.

‘‘Well, that’s the plan, anyway.’’

Over the weekend Beesley combined with Peter Hobday to take out the Moree Open pairs event, winning nine of their 10 matches and yesterday he bought a new pair of bowls shoes with some of the prizemoney. Beesley said he never wanted to be called old until he turned 60.

‘‘Now that I am nearly there I don’t care because I reckon if you make it that far you deserve to be called old,’’ Beesley said.

In some ways for Beesley to make 60 has been a minor miracle and testament to his fighting qualities.

In January last year rumours circulated like wildfire that he had passed away.

He was battling throat cancer at the time and had endured a turbulent 12 months in which he had also undergone surgery for a double hernia and then for a shoulder reconstruction.

But two months later he was back playing No.1 grade pennants as a skipper in the Soldiers Point side that won their section.

Beesley has returned to Beresfield this year, and along with bowls manager Warren Shipley has been an integral part of the Magpies’ charge up the ladder.

‘‘Beresfield is a work in progress. Hopefully my representative career can be the same,’’ Beesley said.

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