A win at home, James

NOBODY doubted that North Rockhampton, skipped by Col James, would take some beating on home rinks and in the end the James team showed why they deserved that favouritism.

The play-off for the District Fours Champions was held at the North Rockhampton Bowls Club at the weekend and the hosts proved to be the masters of their own green.

Champion teams from five clubs were represented in the draw with Diggers Memorial, Victoria Park, North Rockhampton, Gracemere and Yeppoon all aiming to be the top team of the district.

The weekend tournament opened with Victoria Park against Yeppoon and North Rockhampton against Gracemere while Diggers gained the bye.

Victoria Park won the district final last year and the 2009 four of Tom Duff, Peter Daniels, Fred Passmore and Brian Roots showed it intended to make it back-to-back triumphs as it defeated the strong Yeppoon unit of John Zonca, Daryl Bent, Tony Carte and Matt Ogg.

In the other game the Gracemere team of Geoff Chillingworth, Matt Jones, Tom Hughes and John Newman had no answer to the mighty North Rockhampton four of Paul Schafferius, Darcy Bolton, Rod Graff and Col James with North Rockhampton progressing to the next round comfortably.

Those results meant Victoria Park faced a Diggers team of Barry Bainbridge, Steve Shaw, Bill Cameron and Allan Gabel for the right to progress to the final against North Rockhampton.

Unfortunately for Victoria Park, it stumbled to defeat to let Diggers through to the showdown.

Once in the final Diggers was unable to lift its game to another level and could do little as North Rockhampton went on to win the 2009 title convincingly by 25 to 9.

This Saturday the District Singles playoff will be held at Gracemere Club from 9am.

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