Paul Schafferius and Col James are two North Rockhampton bowlers keen to retain the Classic Challenge for the club.
Paul Schafferius and Col James are two North Rockhampton bowlers keen to retain the Classic Challenge for the club. Supplied

Bowlers are ready for a challenge

LAWN BOWLS: Will North Rockhampton be the dominant club in the Classic Challenge once more?

That is the big question as the Central Queensland District Men’s Bowls Association released the fixtures for the 2010 competition, beginning early in January.

Speaking for the CQDMBA, Denis Bartlem said the competition this year has thrown up a few interesting possibilities.

While holders North Rockhampton will again be strong, Bartlem said there could be a few in the draw to mount a challenge.

“Victoria Park has never played in the competition and could be the surprise package,” he said.

“While Yeppoon always provide hard competition.”

The Classic Challenge involves a team for singles (31 up), 2 x doubles (21 ends), 2 bowl triples (31 ends) and fours (25 ends). Match wins are decided by the most game wins.

Unfortunately Bartlem has been out of action and may miss this year’s competition.

“I’ll be back playing but I’m a selector at North Rockhampton and not certain I’d be able to select myself,” he said.

While Bartlem is a good player, he said there are many at the club making selection for places in the NRBC team very competitive.

CLASSIC CHALLENGE FIXTURES

January 9, 9am.

Emu Park v Yeppoon- At Yeppoon

North Rockhampton v Diggers - At Diggers

Rockhampton v Victoria Park - At Victoria Park

January 10, 9am

Emu Park v North Rockhampton - At Emu Park

Yeppoon v Rockhampton - At Rockhampton

Diggers v Victoria Park - At Victoria Park

January 16, 9am

Emu Park v Rockhampton - At Emu Park

Yeppoon v Diggers - At Diggers

North Rockhampton v Victoria Park - At North Rockhampton

January 17, 9am

Emu Park v Diggers - At Diggers

North Rockhampton v Rockhampton - At North Rockhampton

Yeppoon v Victoria Park - At Victoria Park

January 23, 9am

Yeppoon v North Rockhampton - At Yeppoon

Diggers v Rockhampton - At Rockhampton

Victoria Park v Emu Park - At Emu Park.



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