Historic weekend for Tantitha
Bowls: A victorious Ray Henderson has declared his club the best in Queensland after the Tantitha men's fours team took out the state championship at Bribie Island.
The Darren McCracken-led team ended five years of frustration at the championships by bringing home Tantitha's first Queensland championship in the club's 68-year history.
“It is just such a massive honour to come down here and finally get the win,” McCracken said yesterday.
Four of the last five years Tantitha have travelled to Bribie Island, only to fall short against Queensland's powerhouses.
A win for young gun Kurt Brown and Gail Crompton in the mixed doubles capped off a historic week for the club.
HENDERSON, the bowls club president, said it was one of the most successful years in the club's history.
“For Darren and the boys to come home with their win and Kurt and Gail to win is just amazing,” he said.
“It's really a great time for the club and a great time for Bundy.”
McCracken's team of Jason Andrewartha, Kevin Bell and Tim Smith survived an early scare to pick up the title in a landslide victory.
The Bundaberg outfit took a narrow one-shot victory over Brett Evans' Wynnum Manly side in round one, 18-17, before smashing Pine Rivers' Aaron Hewson in round two, 34-15.
That paved the way for a run to the finals where they met last year's runner-up, Musgrave Hill.
The Gold Coast side of Sam White, Reed Burgess, Cain Burns and Shannon Gittoes struggled from the start and were 7-0 down after just five ends.
Gittoes mounted a slow fight back, but despite playing some spectacular bowls, the Musgrave boys never looked threatening.
One on the 18th put Gittoes to within five shots of McCracken, but that was as close as he came as Tantitha crept ahead once again for a nine-shot win.
“We had a good amount of home support come down for the final, club mates and friends and family,” McCracken said.
“That really made the difference, having people cheer us on in the final.”