Gladstone hosts bowls zone playoffs

GLADSTONE Bowls club was the venue for two Zone 6 playoffs on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, the Champion of Champions from Bundaberg-Port Curtis District met their opponents from Central Queensland District to decide which teams would progress to the final eight districts in Queensland to meet at the state finals in Brisbane later in the year.

Bundaberg-Port Curtis white washed Central Queensland threenil. Damien Rideout( Biloela) won the Singles defeating Mike Cotton from Victoria Park 25-12.

In the Pairs Keith Walley-Greg Charteris (Moore Park) defeated Gil Callow-Stan Bates (Emu Park) 30-13.

The Fours produced the closest game which was in doubt with three ends to go. Jason Andrewartha, Kevin Bell, Tim Smith and Darren McCracken (Tantitha) were victorious over Brian Roots, Fred Carrington, Rod Graff and Col James (Victoria Park) 21-16.

Games director Maurie Givan, and the visitors praised Gladstone Bowls Club on the organisation of the games, the well prepared green and hospitality.

Umpire was Peter Rudder, a young umpire officiating at a Zone level for the first time.

To celebrate the completion of these champions successfully, all visitors remained after the game to spend a congenial afternoon. The ladies from both Zones played their games at Gladstone Bowls Club on Friday.

Morning: Bundaberg/Port Curtis Champion of Champions Singles bowler Betty Andrewarths defeated her opponent from Dee 25-5. Diggers Memorial Bowls Club Champions defeated Betty Andrewartha and Dora Hills (Burnett).

Gracemere fours Champions defeated Karron Hunt, Lyn Plath, Joan Crossisca and Iris Baxter on a measure on the last end 22-21. Bunbaberg/Port Curtis went into the lead at the penultimate end by a single shot.

A measure was required to declare the winner and Gracemere had two shots to take the playoff.

The winners now progress to the final eight to contest the state finals. Games director was Pat Hughes, umpire Ailsa Hare and games director was Marie Williams.

District president Margaret Givan was present to support the district teams.

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