Sharks narrowly miss victory
THE star-studded Helensvale is the 2012 Aero Bowls Queensland Premier League champions after edging out a gallant South Tweed Sharks in the grand-final at South Tweed Sports on Sunday.
Despite the home side winning two of the three rinks, Mark Casey's rink's 26-16 victory over Sean Baker's team was enough for Helensvale to win 54-52 overall.
The results on the other two rinks were spine-tingling affairs with Kelvin's Kerkow's side beating Nathan Rice's mob 17-16 and Neville Jenkins' foursome getting home 19-14 over the strongly-favoured Brett Wilkie line-up.
The semi-final action on Saturday was also high-class - as you expect with the talent out on the greens.
The South Tweed - Pine Rivers semi final was a beauty and it took a special bowl from legend Kelvin Kerkow to deny a gallant Pirates outfit.
With the Sharks leading 61-60, Pine Rivers held a close shot with only Kerkow's final shot to play.
Many in the crowd wondered whether Kerkow would concede the shot and go to another end but he simply backed himself to do it under extreme pressure.
With the home crowd on tenterhooks, Kerkow's forehand looked good all the way and finally came to a gentle rest on the kitty to take the shot, the end and the match.
The crowd went wild, the Sharks players were ecstatic and the Pirates were left lamenting what may have been.
The relentless Helensvale Hawks put paid to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls premiership prospects with a 16 shot win in the other semi final.