Humble in victory
“Fortune went our way.” – State Men’s Fours Champs Sean Baker (s), Robbie Wild, Jamie Anderson and Robbie Wild. Two Queensland reps battled for supremacy in the 2016 Queensland State Championships fours final, the title ultimately going to Sean Baker 20-12 over Sam White.
John Newell, Jamie Anderson, Robbie Wild and skip Bakes took home the GOLD while Paradise Point bowls coord Sam White skipped Peter Richards, Jayden Christie, and Braidan Leese to SILVER.
Tie Third (semi finalists) were skip Jeff Ryan from Toombul (White 23 Ryan 13) and skip Peter R Hughes (Baker 28 Hughes 18).
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Sean Baker spoke to Ursula Baehr after winning his second state men’s fours title:
“We could easily have not gotten through the sectionals, and we batted our way through to the final, and were just fortunate that things happened to go our way today,” Gold medal skip Baker said.
“Their skipper Sam White is exceptional, but they couldn’t quite get the shots they needed today.”
Baker modestly said winning a state final always comes down to a certain amount of good old fashioned luck.
“That’s why bowls isn’t an Olympic sport, because luck is such a big aspect in the game,” Baker said.
“You can play well and loose or play badly and win, just by that bit of fortune going your way.
“Today’s final was definitely worthy of a final, the boys played exceptionally against us.
“The green at Tweed is beautiful here, it’s hard and consistent, great facility.”
Queensland’s new state fours champs are all from different clubs but they’ve known each other for years, had success with each other before, and all took time off work to get together this year and play.
“We met through bowls,” Bakes said.
“Half of the sport is about seeing your mates, and maybe the success comes from playing with such good friends because you don’t want to let each other down”.