CQ champs at the bit for State play-off in bowls

By DARRYN NUFER

CENTRAL Queensland bowlers will launch their as- sault at the Champion of Cham- pions State play-off at Sandgate today.

And no-one is more excited about the challenge than Grace- mere fours skipper Marion Bat- chelor.

Batchelor, along with fellow team members Jennifer Armis- tead, Maureen Bull and Julie Lawrence, will represent the Central Queensland zone in the fours competition.

They are the first players from the Gracemere Bowls Club to make it to the final eight stage of the tournament.

"It's just a dream come true,'' Batchelor said yesterday ahead of her flight from Rock- hampton.

"To be the first from the club to make it this far is really ex- citing.''

Batchelor, who at 52 is the youngest player in the team along with Lawrence, said the team had set a goal to be there during the finals tomorrow af- ternoon.

"We play two matches (today) and one (tomorrow) and then it's the finals.

"We think we can make it that far and hopefully we bring home the gold for Central Queensland.''

Bull is the newest member having replaced Annette Mac- millan who moved back to New Zealand following the death of her husband.

The team will familiarise it- self with the Sandgate Bowls Club greens before the tourna- ment this afternoon.

Also representing CQ at Sand- gate are Mona Owen and Edna Lewis, who will contest the pairs competition. Betty Andrewartha is the zone's singles representative.



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