Ranks ready for pennants
By RACHAEL BORICH
THE men from the North Rockhampton Bowls Club set the stan- dard in pennants bowling last year, but the challengers are ready to pounce when the title chase resumes this weekend.
Clubs will battle for Central Queensland District Men's Bowls Association brown and purple pennant honours with North Rock- hampton the defending champions in each division.
North Rockhampton has dominated the purple division, winning the past five flags, while they have secured four of the past five flags in the brown division.
The club's purple division skips are Denis Bartlem, who is also the overall purple division skip, Stan Alberts and Geoff Baldwin.
Skipping the club's brown division teams are Barry Turk, Kev Rudolph, the division's overall skip, and John Hegvold.
Bartlem already has five pennant flags to his name and Rudolph has collected three flags.
Despite their domination in recent years North Rockhampton men's president Doug Simpson is adamant this will be their hardest year.
"There's been a campaign from clubs to strengthen their teams,'' Simpson said.
However, while the other clubs are ready to turn the tables North Rockhampton is also ready to step up another gear to retain the pennants.
North Rockhampton purple teams open their title defence against Rockhampton at the Rockhampton Bowls Club on Saturday followed by playing Diggers Memorial at North Rockhampton on Sunday.
In the brown division, North Rockhampton host Rockhampton on Saturday and Emu Park on Sunday.
Play starts at 1pm.