Diggers’ Bill Cameron sends down another bowl on his way to victory over North Rockhampton’s Paul Schafferius.
Diggers’ Bill Cameron sends down another bowl on his way to victory over North Rockhampton’s Paul Schafferius. Chris Ison

Rockhampton is facing tough test

THE big question this weekend is whether Rockhampton can seal victory in the 2012 Classic Challenge.

Going into this weekend's round of games the Rockhampton club sits at the top of the ladder on six points, with the home advantage for Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with holder North Rockhampton.

While all the other clubs will be studying the weather charts, the clash between the two Rockhampton giants is undercover and therefore will require some very ordinary conditions to be postponed.

Prior to the start of the Challenge Yeppoon was tipped as the club to knock North Rockhampton off its perch but it has not worked out like that, with the club from the coast falling, albeit by a close margin, to Rockhampton in the opening round of games.

Should Rockhampton be successful on Sunday it can look back at its win at Emu Park as being a turning point and can regard the 105-97 score as significant.

Emu Park had numbers on the board in that match after Dave Lee had defeated Brian Hegarty in the singles.

Then the Park also won the triples, while Rockhampton was victorious in both pairs matches.

However, despite winning the fours 28-21 Emu Park lost a quarter of its score (seven shots), because its "four" consisted of just three players, Ted Porteous, Peter Malick and Mick Herberts.

Meanwhile, North Rockhampton was too strong for Diggers, winning 96-85.

Denis Bartlem, of the North Rockhampton club, said Diggers got away to a good start, with Bill Cameron winning the singles against Paul Schafferius, but could not keep up the pressure, with the skip of one of the North pairs, Matt Tonkin, playing some good bowls against his former club.

Yeppoon did get a win on its home greens, with a convincing victory over Emu Park.

The Rockhampton against North Rockhampton showdown is on Sunday starting at 9am.



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