Bundy Duo Claim Mixed Pairs Gold
By Kelsey Cottrell
Adele Pershouse and Tim Smith representing the Bundaberg District have claimed the last State Title on offer in 2022, the Bowls Queensland State District Mixed Pairs.
The champions didn’t have far to travel and had plenty of support from the locals playing at the wonderful Bargara Bowls Club. We started the event with eight group winners from all over the state playing in two sections of four, and ended with a brilliant final live streamed by the Gold Coast Tweed District Media Team for everyone to enjoy.
Lynda Brownen and Kurt Brown (Sunshine Coast) were their opponents in the final, they progressed with three wins +35, and just to be slightly outdone, the Bundaberg pairing qualified for the final with three wins +36.
Spectators knew they were in for a close match when the first three ends were just single shots scored by the team from Kawana, however, their good work was undone on end four when they dropped a three to even the ledger.
On the eighth end it once again looked as though Kawana’s Brownen and Brown would break away scoring a four, making the score 10-5; just 3 ends later scores were level once again!
The quality draw shots from Pershouse and Smith had Kurt Brown on the drive in the backend of the match, but the drives were only reducing the count and not adding the score for Kawana.
On the penultimate end, Brown trailed the jack for four; however, Smith held his nerve to draw second shot and hold on to a five shot lead playing the final end.
It was a shame for the quality match to come to an end with the crowd appreciating all the great shots being played, but they were certainly happy with the result, a win for the locals, Pershouse and Smith 20-14.
On the neighbouring rink in the playoff for bronze, it was a see-sawing battle between the Gateway District and Mackay District.
Sue Mullen and Kane Nelson had lost just the one sectional game to Brownen and Brown but had their work cut out for them against Dealia Walsh and Peter Blackburn.
It was an entertaining match with never more than a handful of shots separating them. Nelson played the final bowl of the match with the game lying a draw, he managed to draw second shot just a foot behind the jack to claim a one-shot victory.
We sincerely thank the Bargara Bowls Club and the Sandhills Sports Club for their hospitality and once again congratulate the eight teams who won through their districts and groups to compete at this final state event of the year. We’d also like to thank Greg Gallagher for his assistance with photos.
Gold Medal Match
Adele Pershouse & Tim Smith def Lynda Brownen & Kurt Brown 20-14
Bronze Medal Match
Sue Mullen & Kane Nelson def Dealia Walsh & Peter (Pistol) Blackburn 23-22