Tranquillity of Elliott Heads shattered
THE tranquillity of Elliott Heads Bowls Club will be shattered tomorrow as Bundaberg's best lawn bowlers fight for the Division 1 pennants title.
Battle lines have be drawn in the preliminary rounds and some early sledges have been delivered from the teams in the lead up to the big clash between reigning champions Bargara, and the confident challenger Across The Waves.
In 2014, Across The Waves hosted the final and was toppled by Bargara and even though the contest will be on neutral territory there is plenty of feeling before the first bowl is rolled down the pristine green.
Bargara's Tim Smith enjoyed the past year as title holder but he knows his opposition will be hard to beat because there is quality spread throughout the Across The Waves team.
"Across The Waves has three or four ex-state players in their teams, multiple state champions and these two (Steve McNamee and Jason Andrewartha) are Australian champions," Smith said.
"We are really on a hiding to nothing.
"If you were betting on it, Bargara would be $1.05 favourites."
Bargara won by one shot at the weekend in the last round of the pennants competition and Smith said the victory has set up a blockbuster contest in the return game tomorrow.
He said the atmosphere around the green will be polar opposite at Elliott Heads in the final after the game treated as more of a social occasion with the real winner being the host club and the amount of money taken over the bar.
Across The Waves has never won a Div 1 title but there is enough experience to guide it to victory.
McNamee and Andrewartha tasted success with Tantitha in 2013 and the pair are motivated to get the pennant for their new club.
"It would be terrific for Across The Waves to get its first Div 1 win ever," McNamee said.
"It would be extra special after moving from Tantitha - pay back the faith."
While Smith was busy calculating the odds of victory, McNamee gave little away on how his team planned on taking the win.
"I have a few things planned," a smiling McNamee said.
The winner will travel to Gladstone on September 27 to play Rockhampton, and possibly Gladstone, for a chance to make it into the last eight in Queensland.