Yeppoon bowlers Elly Batts, Laurel Barnes, Joan Strohfeldt and (back) Jean Adams, Debbie Crothers, Myra Wilson and Jenny Hansen enjoy victory in the Mollie Bradford Shield for the third successive year.
Yeppoon bowlers Elly Batts, Laurel Barnes, Joan Strohfeldt and (back) Jean Adams, Debbie Crothers, Myra Wilson and Jenny Hansen enjoy victory in the Mollie Bradford Shield for the third successive year.

Yeppoon the champions again

THE wet weather has stayed away long enough for the CQ District Ladies Bowls Association to complete one of their major tournaments.

The Mollie Bradford Shield is always a popular event with all seven clubs in the district taking part over two days.

The event was a test for the bowlers with the first day of competition played at Diggers where they were on a very fast carpet green, and the final at Yeppoon where the heavy rain had taken its toll to slow the greens down.

On the opening day, holders Yeppoon played Rockhampton, Gracemere played Diggers and North Rockhampton met Victoria Park in the morning.

In the afternoon, rivals Emu Park and Yeppoon went head-to-head and Diggers played North Rockhampton. Yeppoon went through to the final where they held home advantage over Diggers. Despite the heaviness of the Yeppoon green, the competition was very intense with Yeppoon winning first in the singles.

Diggers fought back by winning the fours, leaving the result hinging on the pairs.

The home team triumphed to give them the win 2-1, enough to secure the Mollie Bradford Shield for the third successive year.

It was disappointment for Diggers as the loss was a repeat of last year’s result in the competition.

Good news for Central Queensland bowlers is that Norm Bethell, the self-appointed spokesman on anything to do with bowls, is back to share his wisdom.

Amazingly, Bethell phoned the offices of this newspaper and offered these few profound words.

“I’ve got nothing to say, nothing has happened,” the Emu Park wordsmith reported.

Who said the recent wet weather has been all bad!!



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