Twins Joel and Josh Andersen won the Queensland All Schools Cup.
Twins Joel and Josh Andersen won the Queensland All Schools Cup. Karleila Thomsen

Crackerjack effort

SPECTATORS could be forgiven for thinking they were having trouble with their eyesight.

Watching two pairs of twins battle it out for the right to be crowned the best in Queensland ensured that at Pine Rivers Bowls Club.

Hervey Bay State High School students Joshua and Joel Andersen ended any confusion though.

The 15-year-old twins won the 2011 All Schools Cup after beating Gin Gin State High School sisters, Bolivia and Cassandra Millerick 9-7, 9-8 in the title decider.

Joshua, the oldest of the pair by two minutes, and his brother had to work hard for the win though.

The Millerick girls raced out of the blocks in the opening set and led 6-1 at one stage before the Andersen duo hit-back to win the first set with two on the final end.

The pair, who are members of the Pialba Services Memorial Bowls Club, struck first in the second set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after only two ends.

Their rivals and former Burnett teammates were not finished yet though and won four of the next five ends to lead 6-5 heading into the eighth but then it all went wrong.

The sisters dropped four to trail 9-6 and they needed four on the last end to force the tiebreaker - they could only manage two.

Fifteen teams from around the state went head-to-head in this year's finals.

The brothers, who won the Queensland Junior Pairs title earlier this year, have been playing the game since they were nine and said they just love it.

They also love the pressure of playing in a final can bring.

"We thrive on it," they said.

"We like being under pressure because it brings out the best in our game."

But how do they go playing together?

Mum Christine wanted to answer that one.

"They fight like cats and dogs when they are at home," she laughed.

"But it's a different story when it comes to bowls - they form a formidable team.

"They love playing together and the results prove it."



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