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BOWLS Queensland has announced a major overhaul of its development program following the shock resignation last week of high performance manager and state coach Bill Cornehls.

38-year-old Keith Fullerton will take on the role of state development manager in an effort to increase the participation levels in the sport and especially so in the junior ranks.

Fullerton will use his expertise in the area of grants to help club's secure funding for their own development programs.

“Knowing how councils, Queensland Health, the Sports Commission and those types of organisations work and how the grant process works, hopefully means I'll be able to help clubs get additional funding to do the things that they want to do,” he said.

In another surprise appointment Brett Murphy has been appointed to the development team.

Murphy has a proven record of success in his previous position as bowls manager of the Ipswich United bowl club and is ideally the “right man for the job at the right time”

Bowls Queensland CEO Peter Turnbull said the appointments herald a new era for the development of the sport in Queensland.

“I am thrilled that both Keith and Brett have taken up the challenge and joined Bowls Queensland,” he said. “They bring a wealth of talent and experience to the state body and I am confident they will be an asset to Bowls Queensland and our districts and local clubs.”

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  • THE final day of the Tweed Prestige Open Mixed singles last Wednesday proved how persistence can get you over the finishing line when the odds are stacked against you.

2008 Golden Nugget winner and former Commonwealth Gold Singles Medallist Kelvin Kerkow was behind the eight-ball so to speak when playing in the semi final against veteran Hec Beswick.

Very few in the crowd expected Kerkow to come from so far behind against Beswick who lead at one stage by 10 shots but with the format of singles of 25 shots up, it is a long “straight up to the finish line”.

Kerkow sensed that Beswick was tiring and through long ends, began to gradually wear his tough opponent down. But at 24-all Beswick held four shots and the game was all but over after Kerkow first three bowls were a long way short but, not to be denied, Kerkow drew the absolute with his last bowl.

Young Ben Twist suffered much the same fate against the match toughen Brett Wilkie.

There was no way that Wilkie could catch Twist down 18-2 at one stage but persistence paid off and when the scores again locked at 24 all only millimetres separated the wining bowl with Wilkie winning by the narrowest of margins.

Twist was naturally disappointed but is a rising star of the future and with a family bowls-oriented background of bowling achievement, the 19-year-old bowler will be a winner of the Prestige Singles in the not too distant future.

The performance of Hec Beswick, the recipient of the wildcard entry into the Golden Nugget, will be closely watched by the home crowd and Beswick will start the sentimental favourite but perhaps should be favourite after his sterling effort winning six of the eight matches in the prestige.

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  • THE Tweed Bowls Shop is conducting a bowls expo on this Monday from 9am on the outside greens where participants can try out the new bowls on offer.

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  • The Gold Coast Winter Carnival continues all this weekend especially on the weekend with the commencement of the Singles discipline on Sunday in all age groups - Open - 60 years and Over - results can be found on the Gold Coast Tweed District web site and also Tweed Heads.

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