by Bowls QLD

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November at Bargara Bowls Club / Sandhills Sports Club

Gold Coast’s Liz Walton and Peter Hobday have survived an extra end thriller to win the State District Mixed Pairs over Bundaberg locals Phoebie Russell and Keith Whalley.

With both teams trading the lead in the early stages of the game the score was 9 all after 9 ends. Walton and Hobday snuck away to hold a small lead throughout the second half of the match to lead 20-15 with one end to play. Russell and Whalley then played a great last end to claim 5 shots and force an extra end.

With the shot changing hands five times during the extra end, it came down to an umpire’s measure with Walton and Hobday winning by the barest of margins 21-20. An amazing final and a credit to all four players including 15-year-old Phoebie Russell.

Leichhardt’s Paula Brun and Craig Hall survived another close affair in the battle for Bronze, trailing by 1 going into the last end, they picked up 4 shots to defeat Tara Ferrier and Ricky Holt from Sunshine Coast 20-17 in their play off.

Thank you to Bargara Bowls Club and Sandhills Sports Club for being amazing hosts once again and for their support of this event. Thank you to BQ Match, Umpires, Selectors, Staff and Board for their contribution to this event and Bowls Gold Coast Tweed Media Team for live streaming. Thank you to Greg Gallagher for the photos.

Please find full results and more information: 2023 State District Mixed Pairs – Bowls Queensland (

Watch live streams here: 2023 Livestreams – Bowls Queensland (

Another year of Bowls Queensland events has come to an end, thank you to all host clubs/sponsors and all who participated in these events throughout the year. Bowls Queensland will be back in Bundaberg for the QLD Junior State Titles from 7-12 January 2024 at Burnett and Across The Waves Bowls Clubs.

Below: Gold Medallists – Liz Walton & Peter Hobday (Gold Coast Tweed)

Below: Silver Medallists – Phoebie Russell & Keith Whalley (Bundaberg)

Below: Bronze Medallists – Paula Brun & Craig Hall (Leichhardt)

Below: Fourth Place – Tara Ferrier & Ricky Holt (Sunshine Coast)

Below: Other teams who made it through to the State Finals

Below: Presentation Ceremony LtoR: Jim See – BQ Match Committee, Peter Williamson – BQ President, Winners Liz Walton & Peter Hobday, Kerry Green – BQ Vice President

Opening Ceremony LtoR: Richard Monk – Chair Bargara Bowls Club, Sue Whiting – Sandhills Sports Club, Jim See – BQ Match Committee, Kerry Green – BQ Vice President & Peter Williamson – BQ President