Tantitha back in news, but this time not for flooding

THE 2010-11 floods caused major damage to the Tantitha Bowls Club but hard work by their members and help from the community got them back up andrunning.

Two years later, an even larger flood brought the club to its knees and the members were eventually forced to admit defeat and close it.

This year, the playing members of the club proved that they were not going to fade away into history without a bit of a fight.

Authorities allowed the club players to continue to play under the Tantitha name for the rest of this season.

Last week, Steve McNamee joined with skip Jason Andrewartha to win this year's State Champion of Club Champions pairs event at Broadbeach.

They were dominant during the tournament with wins over Toowong 19-16, Hervey Bay 27-11 and Emerald 31-7.

They then went on to defeat Broadbeach on their own turf 21-12 to give the Tantitha club the title and its final bit of glory.

Earlier in the year, the Tantitha team won the Bundaberg District Pennant before going down to Gladstone in the next round of the state-wide competition.

In 2010 Tantitha won this State Pennant but were not given the chance to represent Queensland at the national finals.

Because it was probably the first time a team from outside the southeast corner to win, Bowls Queensland changed the rules.

To make sure some country hick team didn't represent the state, Bowls Queensland decided the team to do so would be the winner of the Premier League.

This competition was contested by teams that were based in Brisbane and either the Sunshine or Gold coasts, hardly a state-wide competition.

While the players have done their club proud in its final year, the same cannot be said for those left responsible for club facilities.

The once immaculate greens are now infested with a forest of weeds, some up to 200mm high.

It has been said that some former members of Tantitha can no longer drive past the club because the terrible condition of the greens distresses them so much.

Surely there were some better options for those greens, such as to allow some other club to harvest the specialised turf and not let it just go to ruin.

It is also hoped there will be plenty of thought put into the future of the former club over the coming months and the best use is made of the site for the residents of Bundaberg and surrounds.

The Tantitha Bowls Club will now pass into the history of bowls in Bundaberg, but it did take two major floods to make it happen.



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