Broadbeach’s Dee-Anne Robertson & Sean Ingham powered home to victory at the 2018 District Mixed Pairs State Finals held at Souths Suburban Bowls Club over the weekend. (Pictured left: The winners of the 2018 District Mixed Pairs State Finals, Dee-Anne Robertson & Sean Ingham.)
Broadbeach’s Dee-Anne Robertson & Sean Ingham powered home to victory at the 2018 District Mixed Pairs State Finals held at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay over the weekend. With last year’s District Mixed Pairs titles under their belts already, Broadbeach duo Dee-Anne Robertson & Sean Ingham were not going to be content with just resting on their laurels while a second title was within reach.
The Gold Coast pair was the bookies’ favourite from the outset and they were quick to make their presence in the competition known with a big 31-11 win over Southern Downs’ representatives Chris Sawyer & Mick Mills in the opening act of the sectional play.
However, Robertson and Ingham’s win was eclipsed by a spectacular first-round performance from Burnett’s Di Reed & Glen Yeates who fell North Queensland’s Kate Leverton and Glen Atfield, 32-10.
Round two saw Ingham & Co. beat Leverton and Atfield 24-17, while in the second section the Downs’ Julia Allen-Best & Justin Weir had a respectable 31-10 win over Central QLD’s Michelle Birse & John Lenon.
The Gold Coast-Tweed reps came under pressure in round three of the event, Burnett tried to stop their potential clean sweep of the sectional play but the game went down to the wire with the defending champs snatching victory on a narrow one-shot margin to finish the match 20-19 in their favour and secure their place in the grand final against the Downs.
By the 10th end of the final it was clear the Downs reps were in trouble and nine shots behind, while they managed to pick up a few more shots, they were unable to stop Gold Coast-Tweed who were unrelenting in their pursuit of victory as they rallied on to a 27-10 win and their second state title.
In the playoff for bronze, Burnett staged a successful coup d’état against Central Queensland in the dying moments of the game to come from behind and win 18-16, on the final end of the match.
You can view the full results and draw for this year’s District Mixed Pairs final by clicking here.