Coast bowls team off to Bribie
THE FRASER Coast district's first division pennant side from Pialba bowls club has earned the right to travel to Bribie Island next month after defeating its more-favoured Sunshine Coast opponents in the local zone final.
The Pialba bowls club won the right to contest the zone event by winning the district first division pennant, eliminating Maryborough Services and Tin Can Bay on its way to victory.
The team will now contest the state finals at Bribie Island and teams from eight zones across the state will compete for bragging rights and the right to be known as the best side in the state.
It was never going to be easy for the Fraser Coast side to get this far. Mooloolaba brought some stiff competition to the table and the conditions were not ideal for playing bowls.
The final was held in Gympie under cloudy skies and on a tricky holding green, and neither club was advantaged by the difficult conditions.
The Sunshine Coast held an overall one-shot lead against the Fraser Coast in the closing stages of the final.
But the team headed by Peter Tinley got the Fraser Coast over the line, with three shots on the final end to set a final score of 58-56 to the Pialba team's advantage.
The team is now looking forward to making its mark in the state finals.
Close scores were the order of the day throughout the final - Alan Johnson's team recorded a 23-20 win; Nev Jamieson lost to former state skipper Greg Wordsworth 16-14; and Tinley had a one shot win against Paul Hendricks, with the score finishing at 21-20.
Pialba Services Memorial Bowling Club chair Brian Tidyman said he felt privileged to be present for what he described as “an exciting and gutsy win”.