Champions proved to be too good
THERE was a faint chance North Rockhampton could be prevented from repeating its Classic Challenge triumph but in the end the reigning champ proved to be too good.
Yeppoon was the only team with a mathematical chance of toppling the North Rockhampton giant but even though it had the advantage of playing its final games on its home green the coastal club was not up to the task.
The equation facing Yeppoon was to beat North Rockhampton by 4-1, then follow up by trouncing local rival Emu Park by 5-0 in a rescheduled match on Sunday.
In the end Yeppoon was unable to achieve either task.
The much awaited singles clash between North Rockhampton’s Col James and Yeppoon’s Curly Churstain didn’t provide the home club with the result on which it depended.
James is an old campaigner and a tough competitor, taking the match by 31-20 to finish the 2010 Classic Challenge with a perfect record winning all five matches.
Followed were victories to the Bill Schofield, Bill James pair and the triples team of Ken Ingram, Darcy Bolton and Trent Smalley to make the final score 3-2 in favour of North Rockhampton.
Yeppoon put up a fight, skip Mike Hartley winning his pairs match and the fours skipped by Clarrie Hinton cruising to a win over Denis Bartlem’s team.
Three wins in three Classic Challenges show the dominance of the North Rockhampton men in this format of the game.
Rockhampton played Diggers at its home club on Saturday and was made to struggle by the Diggers Memorial club before taking the match 3-2.
Concluding the final round Emu Park hosted Victoria Park at its picturesque club and also came away a 3-2 winner.
With the competition winner settled it was up to clubs to play the two matches that had been postponed from the opening week when rain had prevented play from taking place.
Rockhampton was in with a chance of claiming bragging rights by finishing the program in second place.
However, Victoria Park made the most of its home advantage to win the match by 3-2, a result that ensured Yeppoon would again finish second.
In the other match Yeppoon got up by 3-2 over Emu Park.