Rockhampton’s Ray Elliott takes time to play his shot.
Rockhampton’s Ray Elliott takes time to play his shot. Allan Reinikka

Rockhampton defeats rivals to win

THERE is a new champion club in the Classic Challenge.

Since the outset North Rockhampton has dominated the competition and at the weekend had the opportunity to continue their run of successes when facing Rockhampton at the Rockhampton Bowls Club.

It was not to be, however, as Rockhampton played their home advantage to the full winning on aggregate 110-95.

The win cuts out all other calculations for despite other teams having games to play the unbeaten Rockhampton team can no longer be overtaken.

Things did not start well for Rockhampton as the fours team of Gill Callow, Ray Elliott, Bill

Richardson and Jeff Slater was defeated 20-19 in a thriller.

Singles player Ross Sanders, standing in for the vastly experienced Brian Hegarty, was defeated 25-20.

However the Rockhampton triples team of Scott Howell, Brian Maclean and Norm Diplock were victorious, winning their match 23-16.

With both pairs teams winning, Brodie Gregson and Errol Gregson by 22-18 and the other of Gary Kington and Clem Magee by 26-16, Rockhampton was home with a convincing score count.

Pride was at stake at Emu Park where the home club faced off against Diggers.

The Emu Park pairs teams were in top form with Robin Sparke and Ken Ackary winning 33-18 and Raye Burns and Merv Bird by 26-16.

Singles player Dave Lee lost 25-17 to Diggers Paul Slatter but in the triples Eddie O'Donnell, Bruce Owens and Brian King made up for that blemish winning 23-17.

With the Emu Park four of Barry Abraham, Peter Malick, Mick Herberts, and Arthur Butler also winning 20-15, Emu Park collected its first competition points of the campaign by an aggregate of 119 to Diggers 91.

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