Kelvin Kerkow (left), Gordon Rhodes and Brett Wilkie.
Kelvin Kerkow (left), Gordon Rhodes and Brett Wilkie. John Gass

Premier bowls coup

ROLL up, roll up.

Prepare to be bowled over.

For one weekend only South Tweed Sports Club (STSC) is proud to present: Premier League Bowls.

In a massive coup for the region, the club has been granted the hosting rights for this year’s Premier League Queensland (PLQ) finals on April 16-17.

And the level of bowls on display promises to be world class with a wealth of Australian representatives set to grace the greens.

Commonwealth Games gold medallists Kelvin Kerkow (South Tweed), Bill Cornehls (Wynnum Manly) and Mark Casey and Lynsey Armitage (Helensvale), will all be representing their clubs, together with silver medallist Brett Wilkie and former Australian players Nathan Rice and Anthony Kiepe (Helensvale).

State bowlers will also be aplenty with Helensvale’s Anthony Fantini, Mark Thatcher and Darren Mullens, Pine Rivers stars Alex Murtagh, Robbie Wild, Michael Breen and Aaron Hewson, South Toowoomba’s Jason Grundon and Capalaba’s Jamie Anderson just a few confirmed starters on the weekend.

STSC CEO Gordon Rhodes said he was delighted that his club had been able to secure the finals of what many believe to be the best bowls competition in Australia.

“We are very proud to be awarded the finals series and we will not let the league down,” Rhodes said.

“We are happy to say we have the best greens in the region and possibly Australia for the best bowlers in the country to strut their stuff on.

“South Tweed can cater for a large crowd and they will be well looked after with outside bars and food stations set up together with the great indoor facilities we have.”

South Tweed and international identity Kerkow will MC the event together with good friend and rival Steve Glasson, and the pair promise to try their hand at a little comedy.

PLQ chairman Jim Adams said he was delighted STSC was successful in securing the prestigious weekend.

“South Tweed Sharks will do a magnificent job of this finals series,” Adams said.

“The Tweed Coast is a mecca for lawn bowls and Sharks boast arguably one of the best bowlers in the world in Kelvin Kerkow, who will be on display. The finals will attract a huge crowd.”

On the Saturday the final six teams will contest elimination finals from 1pm, with the qualifying finals to run from 5-8.30pm.

Sunday will feature the grand final brunch before the highly anticipated 2011 PLQ grand final is played.

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