Defending champions claim title

BUNDABERG Division Bowls Association completed their qualifying rounds for the Bowls Queensland State Mixed Pairs 2010 last weekend at Tantitha and Burnett Bowls Clubs.

Defending champions and also the current title holders of the Bowls Queensland State Mixed Pairs, Gail Crompton (Bargara) with skip Kurt Brown (Tantitha) played the final against Karen Goldsworthy (Burnett) and Tim Smith (Tantitha).

Karen and Tim had a slow start and were down 13-3 after six ends and it appeared that Gail and Kurt could win the game with ease.

However, Karen and Tim managed to win 10 shots over the next three ends to draw 13-13 all.

Going into the last end Kurt was leading 23-19 with Tim needing five shots to win or four shots to force another end to decide the winner. Tim could only manage three shots and went down 22-23 giving Gail and Kurt the Bundaberg Division title. The next qualifying round will be at Gladstone Bowls Club on Sunday, July 18 against the Port Curtis Division.

Gin Gin Bowls Club invites bowlers to nominate teams for the annual George Sellers Day Mixed Fours competition to be held on Saturday, August 7 with play to start at 9am. Phone the club on 4157 2172 to place your entry.

Across The Waves Bowls club will have their club President’s Day next Sunday, July 18 with play to start at 1pm.

Bargara Bowls Club has changed the date of their club President’s Day from Sunday, August 1 to Saturday, July 31 with play to start at 1pm.

Bowls Australia has advised that the National Champion of Champions has won a reprieve and will return to the events calendar later this year.

First staged in 1913, the National Champion of Champions has been in hiatus for the past five years, but following a groundswell of support, the tournament has been resurrected, with North Launceston selected to host the event from November 9 to 11.

In a popular decision, the singles winners will also progress through to the World Champion of Champions, previously reserved for the Australian Open title holders, paving the way for the fairytale possibility of a club champion progressing through the state and national ranks to be crowned the world’s best.

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