Back in the game
Maroon men come out firing on Day 2 of Australian Senior State Sides at Tweed Heads Bowls Club Queensland’s men are well and truly back in the hunt at this year’s Australian Senior State Sides, despatching WA and ACT on Day 2 of the championships at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
“The boys were disappointed after yesterday’s loss to New South Wales,” state coach Bill Cornehls said.
“We said we wanted to come out today and win both our games and that’s what the guys have done…you can’t ask for more than that.”
It was a close call in this morning’s game against WA, with Queensland trailing for almost the entire match.
With 13 ends to go, Queensland finally levelled the score, before pressing ahead for a six-shot win, 64-58, thanks in no small part to the heroics of Geoff Hawken’s boys.
With Ken Luck’s four going down, 14-23, and Nev Jenkins’ rink scraping home 20-18, Hawken’s team of Gary Mounsey, Bob Dobinson and Jack Horne rolled to the rescue, booting out WA’s Steve O’Neill 30-17.
Hawken’s boys were back at the coalface this afternoon, steering Queensland to a massive win over ACT, 71-38.
The home side clocked up wins on all three rinks, with Jenkins downing ACT’s Terry McInnes 25-12, and Luck adding two more for Queensland with a 20-18 win over Alan Taylor.
But once again it was Hawken’s boys who put the icing on Queensland’s cake, beating ACT’s Kevin Deeves 26-8 to give the Maroons a massive margin.
“I can’t take much of the credit,” Hawken said of his Senior Sides success.
“The boys have been playing brilliantly, they’ve definitely been carrying me along.
“I’ve just been sitting back watching them and putting in a few back bowls, but they’ve been doing all the hard work.”
Queensland’s Day 2 victories have launched them into second place on the leader board behind NSW.
“We’ve just got to go out and win our last three games,” Cornehls said.
“We need NSW to lose for us to have a shot at the title, but we can only control our own games and that’s what we have to be focused on.
“Hopefully if we do our part, everything else will fall into place.”
Queensland take on NT tomorrow morning, followed by Victoria in the afternoon.
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