Moore Parks takes out win
MOORE Parks Bowls Club men’s team of Geoff Hicks, Bob Trudgian, Peter Ives and skip Lee Mason have an extra reason to celebrate Australia Day after winning Bargara Bowls Club’s 24th Australia Day Men’s Fours last weekend.
With $7000 in prize money, teams travelled from Eton and Sarina in North Queensland, Gladstone, Hervey Bay and Brisbane to join local teams in the two-day event.
Second place went to Bargara’s Tom Cummins, Steve Cummins, Kerry Smith and skip Keith Pittaway.
Third place went to a composite team of Peter Peterson, Neil Blackburn, David Blackburn, and Don Orr, from Eton and Sarina (near Mackay) in North Queensland.
The Moore Park team won by seven ends after the six games, and it was current Queensland selector Geoff Hicks’ third win in five years.
“I’ve had a pretty good run personally. I’ve always won with different teams and this was the first time we have bowled together in fours,” he said.
“It was a true team effort. We all played some good and bad ends but someone always stood up when we needed it.”
He said it was particularly hard to adjust playing on the unfamiliar carpet greens.
The winning team pocketed $2000 thanks to Ross Gray Holden, Dales Bowling Greens and Bargara IGA, but Hicks did not go spending his winnings all at once.
“The money is nice but winning the tournament is the first and most important thing,” he said.
“I gave some of the winnings to my wife – got to get those brownie points up.”
Hicks will now ready himself to represent Moore Park in the Clubs Super Challenge event that Tantitha Bowls Club had great success in last year.
Bargara Bowls Club will host another lucrative tournament today.
Many of the travelling bowlers opted to stay in town for today’s mixed pairs, which also carries a tempting $1500 price prize.
“It should be another good event carrying on from the weekend and, once again, Casts IGA have got on board to sponsor it,” tournament coordinator Jim See said.
Meanwhile, Bowls Queensland has released details of their state championships for 2010.
The junior boys’ and girls’ state championships will be held at Caloundra, Caloundra RSL and Pelican Waters Bowls Club from Saturday, April 3 to Saturday, April 10.
Entry forms should now be available from all clubs and also on the Bowls Queensland website.
Nominations and entry fee must be received at Bowls Queensland by 4pm on Wednesday, March 3.
The 2010 state men’s championship singles, open and over-60s pairs, triples and fours and the women’s championship singles, pairs, triples and fours will be played from May 13 to 25 on the Sunshine Coast.
Nominations and entry fee must be received at Bowls Queensland by Tuesday, March 23 by 4pm.
Queensland Indoor Qualifying Rounds will be held at three venues throughout Queensland, enabling more country bowlers to participate. There is no restriction on which venue players can nominate to play at.
The venues are Urangan, Paradise Point and Tweed Heads.
Both men and women will start play on Saturday, June 12 and finish on Monday, June 14.
Playing times are subject to the number of entries and the draw.
Four male and six female bowlers will qualify from these events to play in the 2010 Australian Indoor final from August 23 to August 26, 2010 being held at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
Entries close at 4.30pm at Bowls Queensland on Tuesday, April 27.
The Bowls Queensland annual awards presentation dinner will be held at Maroochy RSL Club on Saturday, May 8 prior to the start of the District Sides Championships. Clubs should now have the awards information kit. Nominations close at 3pm on Wednesday, April 7.