Challenge too easy for bowls team
THE Best Practice team of Matt Whitehead, Will Durnford and John See has taken out the second annual Business Corporate Challenge at Bargara Bowls Club.
It was a triples event with each team allowed only one "full bowling member" and Best Practice were favourites in the final against the Coca-Cola side of Glen Minter, Wayne Norton and Ross Warburton, the highest qualifiers but only after scraping home for a 9-5, 8-11 (3-1) win.
The play-off for third and fourth also went to a tie-breaker before Bundaberg Metal Industries' Brenden Banks, Shane Stewart-Cook and Rob Alder defeated Andy Mead, Rick Reynolds and Barry Elliott (Simpson Farms).
They took the first set 16-1 before the Simpson Farms team hit back, winning the second set 13-6.
But not to be denied, Bundy Metal Industries kicked back too strongly and took the tie-breaker 8-0.
Bargara Bowls coordinator Jim See said the feature of the event was the closeness of the round-robin results.
"Coke was the only team to win four of five, while five businesses tied for second, equal with three wins and six set wins, but Best Practice B and Bundaberg Frame and Trusses were eliminated on a countback for shots to finish fifth and sixth," See said.
"The NewsMail, Pacific Gold Macadamias and Ocean Pacific Seafoods finished next, but all defeated sides that made the finals during the preliminary rounds and a shot here or there was the difference between qualifying."
Of the prizes in advertising packages sponsored by the NewsMail, Best Practice took $2500, Coca Cola $1500 with Bundaberg Metal Industries and Simpson Farms taking $750 each for third and fourth. "All players, whether regular or first timers, enjoyed the games which became more competitive as the weeks went on, and results were unbelievably close with almost all teams having a chance of qualifying for the finals," See said.
"The highlight of the event was the prizes provided by the Bundaberg NewsMail, $5500 in all, and I expect more businesses to join the competition next time after learning of the fantastic prizes on offer."