Tweed bowlers hungry for success
SOUTH Tweed Sports’ annual makeover is complete.
The much-feared Shark that has given rise to many an opponent’s nightmares is bearing its teeth once more after being painted on the club’s green in readiness for the opening round of the Premier League competition.
“The boys did a great job and visually it looks great on the ground and even better when you’re looking down,” South Tweed Sports chief executive officer Gordon Rhodes said.
“It gives the players a bit of a boost and reminds all those who play here exactly who they are up against.”
Now for the bait; Premier League Bowls fixtures to lure in unsuspecting prey for the slaughter. Because, like their name sake, the South Tweed Sharks are territorial and the Premier League predators plan to spare no victims.
Their first opportunity to strike comes this Sunday when they clash with Greenslopes from 1pm in the second match of the opening double-header weekend.
First up for the talented line-up though is a trip north to Ferny Grove on Saturday.
“I fancy us this year,” Rhodes said.
“I’d be disappointed if we didn’t make the finals but if we play to our potential it shouldn’t be a drama.
“We mightn’t be a team of champions but we are always a champion team.”
Triumphant in the inaugural PLB competition back in 2000, the Sharks have long been one of the most feared outfits on the circuit.
The loss of key figures Kelsey Cottrell and Hec Beswick in the off season will test the squad’s depth in the early rounds but with the return to action of Australian representative Kelvin Kerkow from round four is sure to bolster club hopes.
“We’re not the strongest club for depth but having said that the line-up looks strong and our reserves appear to have some good combinations too,” Rhodes said.
“Obviously though any time Kelvin is playing is a good thing because he is certainly our X factor.
“His personality and ability to inspire is a great thing, and we can’t wait for him to return from the UK.”