Peter Lawton, from Rockhampton Bowls Club, gets things started at the Classic Challenge.
Peter Lawton, from Rockhampton Bowls Club, gets things started at the Classic Challenge. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Rocky bowls over Yeppoon

ROCKHAMPTON Bowls Club fired a warning to teams visiting their greens by scoring an emphatic win over the highly regarded Yeppoon club in the Classic Challenge on Sunday.

Having had its match at Victoria Park postponed on Saturday the Rockhampton team relished its match on home turf and recorded a dominant display against the visitors from the coast, winning the contest by 4-1.

Rockhampton star Brian Hegarty was in good form winning the singles match for his team but later admitted it was far from an easy win.

“It was a very close game, I got away and then he pulled back and then I got away towards the end,” he said of his encounter with Yeppoon’s Greg John.

Hegarty said Rockhampton also had a win in the doubles through the pairing of Ray Cavanagh and Gary Kingston while skips Jimmy Ross and Wayne Wilson tasted victory in the triples and fours respectively.

Yeppoon’s lone win came in the other doubles match where Mike Hartley and Ric Roser triumphed.

“We’ve upset the apple cart,” Hegarty stated.

Unfortunately for the Rockhampton club it now has to transfer that form to the slower outdoor greens during the coming weeks.

Hegarty is philosophical about this change.

“You do get used to the speed a green is running but bowls is a concentration game and so you have to adjust,” he said.

Currently the Rockhampton turf is running about 15 seconds while the outdoor greens throughout the area are probably closer to 10 or 11 seconds.

The North Rockhampton juggernaut is rolling again with the team having a home victory on Saturday over Diggers Memorial by 4-1.

Col James won his singles comfortably but Bill James had some nervous moments as he skipped his doubles team to victory over Kev Draper by 20-18, a win that was only made possible after scoring eight shots on one end.

Paul Schafferius and Geoff Baldwin combined to win the other doubles match while Ron Graff skipped the four’s to victory.

The only win for Diggers came in the triples where Michael Vaggs skipped his team to a good win over Trent Smalley.

North Rockhampton went on to win again on Sunday but the match at Emu Park proved to be a lot tighter than they might have expected.

The Emu Park heroes turned out to be in the doubles.

Against the powerful combination of Schafferius and Baldwin, the home duo of Arthur Butler and Gerry Brimbal were on fire to inflict defeat on their illustrious opponents by 22-12.

In the other doubles game Jono Grant and Norm Bethell came very close to inflicting more pain on the champions, drawing their match by 24-24 while in the four’s skip Dave Lee was defeated but was in contention for much of the game.

Victoria Park’s greens had recovered enough for play on Sunday with the home team too good for Diggers, winning the contest 4-1 and losing only the triples match.

Play in the Classic Challenge continues this weekend.

Also on this weekend is the return of the Marty Flowers three-bowl pairs at Emu Park.

This popular competition will be played on Saturday afternoon following the Classic Challenge game between Emu Park and Rockhampton.

Spokesman for the Emu Park club, Norm Bethell, said all are welcome to participate in this high-quality weekly competition.

State of play

Saturday, January 16, 9am

Emu Park v Rockhampton at Emu Park

Yeppoon v Diggers at Diggers

North Rockhampton v Victoria Park at North Rockhampton

Sunday January 17, 9am

Emu Park v Diggers at Diggers

North Rockhampton v Rockhampton at North Rockhampton

Yeppoon v Victoria Park at Victoria Park

Clubs please note a drawn game is a drawn game. No extra end needs to be played.

Singles 31up, Pairs 21 Ends, 2 Bowl Triples 31ends, Fours 25ends.

Note: The last round previously set down for January 23 is now scheduled for Saturday, January 30



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