Raining? Blame it on bowls

LAWN BOWLS: It appears that whenever Central Queensland needs a good drenching all that has to be done is to organise a major lawn bowls tournament.

Hopefully the heavy downpours experienced this week will not be enough to put a damper on the first two rounds of the Classic Challenge scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

While most greens are vulnerable to the weather experienced over the past few weeks, at least one match should be safe; Sunday’s clash at Rockhampton Bowls Club when Yeppoon is the visitor.

The Rockhampton team usually lifts when it plays on its own undercover rinks and it will need to this weekend as Yeppoon is the team many believe can end the dominance of the North Rockhampton club.

Entrusted with the job of getting Rockhampton away to a solid start in the singles, is the ever-reliable Brian Hegarty.

His match against Yeppoon’s Greg John will be a highlight.

There is one team all the clubs will be looking out for and that is the powerful North Rockhampton team, a clear winner in 2009 after defeating Yeppoon in the final match of the series.

Col James is the man who has the task of winning in the singles, taking over the job from last year’s highly successful singles player Mike Cashill.

However, when it comes down to team personnel the North Rockhampton team has changed little and it would be a brave man who would predict their demise in this competition. Emu Park president Bob Dunn is brave.

The coastal club takes on the might of North Rockhampton on its home turf on Sunday and Dunn is convinced his club is capable of causing an upset.

A number of quality bowlers have changed allegiance to the Emu Park club and Dunn said it might be enough to make the team even more competitive than in 2009.

The unknown in the draw is Victoria Park as this is the first year the club has entered into the competition.

The opening round is against North Rockhampton although Victoria Park does hold a slight advantage as the game is scheduled for their home greens.



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