Marathon match stuns fans
QUALIFYING for the Bowls Queensland State Men's Champion of Club Champions in singles, pairs and fours along with State Mixed Pairs for Zone 6, was completed between Bundaberg Port Curtis and Central Queensland Districts last Sunday at Gladstone Bowls Club.
Tony Townson (Tantitha) won the singles, defeating Clem McGee (Rockhampton) 25-13.
The pairs game was won by Phil Jackson and Russell Farquhar (Gladstone) defeating R. Graff and C. James (North Rockhampton) 17-16 and turned out to be a long, drawn-out battle between the two teams.
Normally a pairs game of 21 ends can be completed in about two and a half hours, but this game started at 9.45am and finished at 1.45pm, taking four hours to get a result.
The current State Men's Fours Champions Jason Andrewartha, Kevin Bell, Tim Smith, and Darren McCracken (Tantitha) had little trouble defeating Rockhampton 32-11 as they push on to defend their State championship title.
The winners will now represent Zone 6 in the Bowls Queensland State Champion of Club Champions to be held at Bribie Island Bowls Club from October 25-30.
In the mixed pairs, defending State champions Gail Crompton (Bargara) and Kurt Brown (Tantitha) defeated 15-year-old junior bowler Rachael Smally and her older brother Trent Smally (North Rockhampton) 25-11 and will now represent Zone 6 at the State Mixed Pairs Championships to be held at Coorparoo Bowls club from October 23.