CQ improves state ranking

THE Central Queensland men's team has improved its state ranking after the 2005 Bowls Queensland District Sides Championships on Bribie Island last week.

Playing against some of Australia's world-class bowlers, CQ finished sixth in its section before producing a third-place finish in the third division finals.

In wet conditions, the CQ team notched up wins over Maranoa/Warrego, Condamine, North Queensland, Leichhardt and North Queensland again in the finals.

They suffered losses to Cunningham, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Downs, Brisbane, Caboolture and eventual winners Gold Coast/Tweed.

In 2004, CQ placed seventh to go into the play-off in fourth division, only to be defeated by Cunningham in the final.

For the third consecutive year, Gold Coast/Tweed outplayed 19 other Queensland districts to win the event.

Boasting the current Australian singles champion and several state and national representatives, the Gold Coast/Tweed dis- trict overcame Brisbane North 62-56 in the decider.

Both teams were undefeated at the end of nine rounds of sectional play and two divisional games.

The title win also gave the Gold Coast/Tweed a hat-trick in the Harry Wright Memorial Shield. Australian open singles champion and a member of the winning district, Shane Globits, was impressed with the depth of the teams in this year's championships.

"The quality of the players, especially from those teams representing the most remote districts, is improving,'' Globits said.

"Some of these players look forward to this competition every year because it gives them the opportunity to play world-class bowls.''

Bowls Queensland chairman Gordon Baker said that the new sectional play format with a full round-robin on the final day of the competition had been a success.

"This year, we have an undisputed winner in each division,'' Baker said.

"The five divisions of four teams were based on their perfor- mance during the sectional play.''

Downs took out division 2 with six match points and a margin of 34, Brisbane won division 3, Bundaberg/Port Curtis grabbed the win in division 4, while Southern Downs clinched division 5.

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