IT'S true, 'There's gold in them thar hills' especially for Gold Coasters and the Musgrave Hill bowlers after winning Gold in the Mens Division of Bowls Super Challenge, and the Hill Ladies narrowly missing out on the exclusive double. So as a bonus Coolangatta 'Gold' won the Silver Division Prize pool to cap off a great finale weekend to Bowls Super Challenge.
On Sunday Helensvale duo Mark Casey and Lynsey Armitage added to the Gold tally by winning the inaugural World Cup and Junior World Cup in Hong Kong.
Casey defeated hometown favourite Terence Lee from Hong Kong China in straight sets at the Hong Kong Football Club's indoor bowls stadium.
The 23-year-old was too strong through out winning the first set by six shots and then scored consistently in the second to register a 9-3, 9-3 victory.
"I'm delighted to have won the inaugural World Cup - it's a fantastic feeling," Casey said.
Armitage won the ladies Junior World Cup with 6 wins from 6 matches and finished on top of the Under 25's table, one game ahead of Malaysia's Azlina Arshad.
Todd Simmons picked up third prize in the Under 25s with 8 wins from 10 matches and in the Ladies open field Claire Duke lost 2/10:13.2:and then 1/2 in a tie break set in the semi final against the eventual winner Grace Chu from HK China.
Musgrave Hill men defeated Nth Toowoomba 4 rinks to 1 cheered on by hundreds of supporters but the ladies lost to Bribie Island by just 4 shots after winning one rink each.
Coolangatta defeated Wynnum in the morning semi final to setup a finals clash with Donnybrook in the afternoon.
The final was close but Coolangatta Gold was too strong and will play in the higher division next year.
The full team for Coolangatta was Singles - Rob Parrella; - Pairs Ken Riddle, Neil Crichton; Damien Bartlett, Errol Bartlett; - Triples Al Kalnins, Rod Kilpatrick, Peter Duncan; - Fours Charlie Patterson, John Mulready, Jon Bosisto, Bill Beach.
Coolangatta now have their third green back in action and the ever popular Tuesday AM pairs can now take more entries along with the very successful Saturday morning singles run by evergreen award winner Ray Meehan.
A real crackerjack club with a new bistro, Coolangatta is now setting its sights on a Division One pennant flag.
A new email survey issued by Bowls Super Challenge asks the question for all ladies to consider: whether to increase the number of ladies over the 2 rinks by changing the format to 2 bowl pairs etc.
It is being conducted to ascertain if the ladies wish to introduce another game, and perhaps extra players for the 2006 season.
It would also simplify the win/loss system if three games were introduced, i.e. the best of three games. The ladies would still play on two rinks as previously, but one rink could play two shorter games.
There are five options in the survey with provision to submit your own format. This refreshing line of communication to clubs and allowing clubs to express their opinions and to have a say for next season is using information technology i.e. by email, as it should be used!
A long way to go but at least they are on the right path.