Dave Hatfield had his eye in on the weekend.
Dave Hatfield had his eye in on the weekend. Allan Reinikka

Countback settles winners

BRIAN Duncan and Allan Spence smiled all the way home.

Some of the best Rockhampton bowlers were in action over the weekend but they could not prevent Duncan and Spence from going home with the major prizemoney in their back pockets.

The Meng Group Tyre and Mechanical Invitation Pairs was held at North Rockhampton Bowls Club and as expected the standard of bowls played was as high as ever.

With the quality of players participating there were some very close games and for the first time in many years the tournament ended with three teams going through the five rounds undefeated.

That resulted in a countback with the top places being decided by ends won.

Duncan and Spence recorded plus 98 points to beat Yeppoon's Keith Lindsay and Mike Hartley into second place by just one point.

Host club North Rockhampton did get a share of the winnings with Paul Cook and John Formosa in third place on 96 points, just one behind the runner-up, and two points off the pace.

North Rockhampton also managed the fourth place when father and son combination Noel and Trent Smalley recorded four wins and a score of plus 95 points.

The rundown saw fifth position go to Bill Cameron and Phil Jackson, sixth to Geoff Baldwin and Mitch McMullin, seventh came Fred Carrington and Col James and eighth spot went to Tarz Davies and Mark Cashill with all those place getters recording four wins for the tournament.

The driving competition was won by Jim Waters from Bundaberg with Glenn Francey of Mackay runner-up.



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