Bowlers step out for tournament
LAWN BOWLS: The opportunity of qualifying for the DC Motors Hyundai 5000 got bowlers out at the Rockhampton Club at the weekend.
The Mixed Fours is one of the prestigious tournaments on the Central Queensland lawn bowls calendar and has been an annual event for more than a quarter of a century.
Rockhampton Bowls Club president Jim Ross said as tournament host his club had entered multiple teams in the event.
Despite that advantage, there were still more teams wishing to play than could be accommodated.
Ross said on Saturday six Rockhampton teams played off for four spots in the event, which would be held on February 27-28.
“They will be in the main draw, there will be 16 teams in total,” he said.
Clubs from around Central Queensland are invited to hold qualifying competitions to select the best Mixed Four to represent their club in the event.
Once under way, the DC Motors Hyundai Mixed Fours sees each team play five matches each of 18 ends, three Saturday and two Sunday, with the winning team being the one that wins most matches, or gains the best aggregate if equal on wins.
“Brian Hegarty will have the strongest team (from Rockhampton BC),” Ross admitted.
On Saturday Hegarty skipped a four which included wife Val plus Jeffrey Slater and Alma Cass.
The four was the best qualifier for the Rockhampton club with Ray Cavanagh’s team second, Jim Ross skipping his team to third while the other qualifier was Reggie McArthur’s team.
Yeppoon Bowls Club players also set about qualifying for the event.
It was not just the speed of the greens or the quality of opponents the bowlers had to contend with, as the weather produced a variable package with stoppages during light showers.
Keeping a watchful eye over the bowling was the manager of DC Motors Hyundai, Lindsay Johnson, who said he was impressed with the standard of the bowls played.
Unfortunately it was the rain that eventually won out with further play-offs to be organised for a later date.
There were full fields for the Emu Park Pairs when action got under way again last Saturday.
Emu Park dynamo and bowling guru Norm Bethell said once again the quality of bowls on display was something to be admired.
While the Emu Park bowlers are up there with the best, prizemoney again left the club with this week’s winner, the pairing of Ron Graff and Mark Gustafson.
The home club did manage runner-up with Raye Burn and Peter Malick taking that prize.
The club hopes to continue this Saturday afternoon, weather permitting, with visiting club members welcome.