MIXED AGES: Tiahana Rehbein bowls at the Junior Senior event at the Burnett Bowls Club.
MIXED AGES: Tiahana Rehbein bowls at the Junior Senior event at the Burnett Bowls Club. Paul Donaldson BUN021016BOWL2

Bowlers excited by new competition format

IT WAS on for young and old at Burnett and Bargara bowls clubs when youthful exuberance met cautious wisdom.

Two days of junior and senior bowlers teamed up for a unique weekend of competition.

More than 30 bowlers participated in the event which paired one junior, one senior in teams against each other.

Bowlers from Kingaroy, Pine River, Hervey Bay, Tin Can Bay as well as locals competed in the inaugural competition.

The idea behind the shortened format is bowlers play two seven ends for each set.

If it's tied at those games a tiebreaker is played.

"Competition was great and most of the games were very tight,” said Burnett Bowls Club junior development officer Des Kemp.

"We wanted to make it different and a bit more interesting.”

Kemp said duo Nick Cahill and Keith Whalley were stand-out performers winning the U16 division on both days.

"The format was fantastic and went really well,” he said.

Because the junior members of each team were in charge of strategy it made for a close contest.

"It was a big eye-opener for some of the new bowlers,” Kemp said.

So successful was the event at both clubs, Kemp said plans were already underway for next year's event.

"We will definitely do this again next year,” he said.

RESULTS

Bargara

Under 16: 1st: Keith Whalley & Nick Cahill

16-21 years: 1st: Dean Shaw & Jacinta Weier

Burnett

Under 16: 1st: Keith Whalley & Nick Cahill

16-21 years: 1st: Warick Bellert & Aymee Bellert



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