John bowls in to see Qld win title
HERVEY Bay’s John Walker is on a winning roll – literally.
The 62-year-old member of the Pialba Bowls Club is feeling great right now after helping Queensland win a national title in Tasmania.
Walker was a member of the 12-strong Queensland line-up that won the 2009 Senior State Sides over 60 title at North Launceston Bowls Club.
The Queenslanders won it in style as well, sealing victory with a crushing 89-38 defeat of Tasmania, a win which meant Walker and his team-mates remained unbeaten throughout the titles.
Queensland beat defending champions, New South Wales, in round one before going on to beat the ACT, West Australia and Victoria on their way to winning the title for the third time in four years.
Not surprisingly, Walker, the only Fraser Coast bowler on state duty, said it had been great to be a part of the success.
“It just doesn’t get any better than playing for your state for a start,” Walker, who moved to the Whale City three years ago, said.
“So to win the title made the experience simply fantastic – I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Although Queensland was undefeated in the titles, Walker, the winner of the State Champion of Club Champions tournament a couple of years ago, said the route to the top hadn’t been an easy one.
“We struggled to be honest in the first four games – we didn’t bowl as best we know we can,” Walker said. “That meant the games were really tight but we hung in there.
“Saying that, we saved our best until last and we really blasted Tasmania off the green.”
Walker said the win against Victoria was another highlight for him.
“I lived in Victoria for 26 years before I moved here so I was playing against players I’d played with and against for many years,” he said.
“That made the win even more special.”
But the national title might not be the last one Walker wins for the year.
The Pialba club heads to Bribie Island later this month to play-off for the Queensland Division 1 Pennant Championship.
They are down to the last eight in the state.
“It just doesn’t get any better than playing for your state”