Broadbeach upset Helensvale
THE Gold Coast Tweed District Pennant competition started on Saturday and Division One club Broadbeach caused the biggest upset of round one with an emphatic win over top side, Helensvale.
The win was not so much an upset but to win by 21 shots and on all three rinks is completely unheard of especially since Club Helensvale became the powerhouse of bowling talent on the Gold Coast a few years ago.
Australian players Anthony Kiepe and new world champion Brett Wilkie both returned from successful overseas ventures late on Friday night and to front up on the quick Gold Coast greens on Saturday for the first round of pennant proved too big a hurdle against another top club in Broadbeach.
Broadbeach skipper Dave Wilcocks defeated Nathan Rice 22-12, Sean Baker proved too good from Anthony Kiepe 19-13 and Chris McKibben beat Brett Wilkie 20-13.
On Thursday, 31-year-old Kiepe, the current Australian Indoor Champion, won the Malaysian Indoor tournament 9-0:7-1 against local bowler Mohd Fairuz and Wilkie stopped over at Malaysia after winning the World Champion of Champions in Scotland.
Musgrave Hill held top spot on the leaderboard after defeating Burleigh Heads on all three rinks and 35 shots up.
Top player Shannon Gittoes led the hillmen with a 30-11 win over Bob Marin.
Burleigh Heads have lost top player Gregg Hage this year and may struggle this season.
South Tweed, always around at finals time, started off the season with a 3-0 win against Kingscliff and Mermaid Beach got up on one rink only to defeat Tweed Heads by six shots.
Tugun got up against McKenzie Park on two rinks and nine shots with Beenleigh winning the closest match of the round with a one shot win against Paradise Point.
Round two winners should be easy to select this week with Broadbeach favoured over Burleigh Heads, Tugun to defeat Kingscliff at home, Musgrave Hill should be too strong for McKenzie Park, Helensvale will win against Paradise Point, South Tweed favoured against Mermaid Beach and Tweed Heads at home looking to win against Beenleigh.
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THE Queensland PBA qualifying Pairs event took place on Sunday on the THBC indoor Green with class pair Mark Casey and Brett Wilkie qualifying to play in the national finals at Warilla on Thursday, August 27. Only 11 teams took part and Casey/Wilkie defeated Glen Lyon and Jay Globits in the final 14-7:4-3
PBA qualifiers from all states will now meet at Warilla for the right to represent Australia in the World Bowls Tour events coming up in the UK from late October
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The District Champion of Club Champions pairs is now down to the semi finals which is played at McKenzie Park tonight with the final on next Tuesday night.
The Kingscliff pairs champions Bob Mullins and Michael Turner are favoured to win through to the final.
The final day of the $15,000 Kingscliff Open Pairs will be played today and hopefully the wind will not be blowing a gale as forecast.
Top team Sally Hickman and Kelvin Kerkow are favoured to reach the final at the time of writing this column.
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THE program for the upcoming Mens Indoor Test Series Queensland versus NSW is now out with top players and Australian Indoor Champions Steve Glasson (9 times winner), Kelvin Kerkow (2), Leif Selby (1), Anthony Kiepe (1) all playing together on the indoor green for the first time.
The 2000 Indoor Champion winner Rex Johnston is the Bowls NSW team manager.
This is the first time an Interstate Match has been played on the indoor carpet and the Second Test will start at 5.45pm on Tuesday August 25 to catered for the workers who like to watch the top bowlers in action .
More information on THBC web site and in next week's Bowls column
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