ON SONG: Calliope’s Rob Withers has won the CQ Champion of Champions and is heading to the state competition.
ON SONG: Calliope’s Rob Withers has won the CQ Champion of Champions and is heading to the state competition. Mike Richards

Regional champ ready to tackle state title

CALLIOPE Central Bowls Club has the leading bowler in the district.

Robert Withers is off to the Queensland Champions of Champions contest in Brisbane after proving he is the the Capricornia region's best candidate for the challenge.

Withers has won his local club contest and the Port Curtis Champion of Champions.

On August 17 he qualified to play as one of the best eight bowlers in Queensland at the Central Queensland Champion of Champions in Bundaberg.

Withers said bowling was a mentally tiring sport and he had to be prepared to focus on every single bowl.

"It was a game in Bundy, I really had to really concentrate when the other bowler was starting to come back," he said.

"I had the lead, but had to make sure I didn't choke."

Withers said it was different playing in front of a large crowd especially when he was playing away.

"In Bundaberg I only had my wife and another friend supporting me," he said.

"When the other guy played a good bowl everyone would really support him, but when I played a good bowl it was silent except for my wife and friend."

The winner of the Queensland Champion of Champions goes on to play in the national titles and Withers is quietly confident.

"Anything can happen, I'm in the contest so I've got as much chance as anyone else to win it," he said.Withers' daughter will be flying down from Townsville to support him along with members from him bowls club.

"I'd like to thank the Calliope Central Bowls Club and the Port Curtis Bowls District for assisting me financially in getting down to the event."

The Toombul Bowls Club hosts the event on October 22 and Withers is hoping the greens are fast and the wind is slow.



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