Top field for Men’s Fours finals
State Champs 2015 MEN’S FOURS. Finals Day Wed May 13. Ryan Bester V Nev Wood-Bradley. Troy Somerville V Lee Fitzhenry. Tewantin Noosa from 8.45am, final to follow semis. Pic: Jason Thomas (Coolum), John Thain (Mooloolaba) and Fred Diamond (Coolum) will back skip Troy Somerville from Coolum to get past Kawana’s Lee Fitzhenry in the semi, to take on a Broadbeach bloke in the final, the winner of the Ryan Bester V Nev Wood-Bradley semi.
It’s hard to see our newly-minted State Singles champ Ryan Bester losing tomorrow, in his quest for a second title in the 2015 series.
Bester will be set up magnificently by a crack squad in Helensvale’s Mark Thatcher, runner up Singles champ and Broadbeach club mate Sean Ingham, and Tweed Head’s bowls coordinator Paul Girdler.
Bester’s unit today KO-ed young Windsor skip Daniel Keogh 26-12 to progress to the semis, Daniel backed by his club-mates, dad Dave Keogh and Alan Brown, and Geoff Jensen from New Farm
The Bester blockbuster lines up in the semi tomorrow against a familiar foe, Broadbeach club-mate and former BQ development officer Nev Wood-Bradley, and his well drilled unit of Bob Minty, Alan Thurlow and Robert Ayres.
They out-maneuvered the Master-craftsman from Pacific Paradise Wayne Masters 23-14 in today’s quarters, 23-14 (Wayne’s team this year John Rafton, Nick George, and Darren Maddrell).
The second semi will be popular with Sunshine Coast supporters, a clash of Sunny Coast teams, Troy Somerville from Coolum lining up with his former clubmate from Mooloolaba John Thain on lead, and his new Coolum club mates Jason Thomas and Fred Diamond, for a crack at a gun Kawana unit skipped by Thunder Wonder Lee Fitzhenry.
(With the Kawana women usually commanding the lion’s share of the spotlight, perhaps it’s the men’s turn to Thunder…)
Fitzhenry teamed up with Julie Keegan’s other half Michael Keegan, Wade Mutzelburg, and Kawana’s A Singles winner this year Joel Anderson, to end the dreams of Jack Horne’s golden oldies today, Gordon Williams, Bob Dobinson and Ken Luck, 20-10.
Somerville’s boys captured a big scalp 22-15 to progress to the semis; out went the highly fancied Steve Halmai and his top support act of Peter Leon, Richard Strawbridge and Kurt Brown.
Semis from 8.45am Wed May 13, final to follow.
(State Champs Triples starts Thursday, finals on Friday. Pairs start Saturday and continue on Sunday, finals, on Mon May 18.)