Top clubs to clash at Tweed

REPRESENTATIVES from the world's 20 leading nations are currently meeting in London but here at Tweed Heads a top 20 of a different kind is set to meet.

Tweed Heads will host the finals of the Taylor Bowls Super Challenge on Saturday.

After seven home-and-away rounds, plus a round robin weekend, the original field, that comprised hundreds of bowling clubs from Cairns to Kingscliff, has been whittled down to 10 men and 10 ladies teams.

Gold Coast club Musgrave Hill will start favourite against foundation club Mooloolaba in the men's Gold Division final.

Brian Baldwin will play singles for Musgrave Hill while Bruce McNish and Shannon Gittoes will team up in the pairs.

Glen Bailey, Gary Mounsey and Sam White will combine in the triples while Kevin Koorey, Don Peoples and Rod Napper will play in the fours.

In the ladies final, Laurraine Murray and Gail Waitai will lead Broadbeach's charge against a Coolum Beach side that Australia representative Julie Keegan.The Silver and Bronze divisions are up to the semi-final stage.

Gold Coast teams McKenzie Park and Mudgeeraba have made the semi-finals of the men's silver and bronze divisions respectively while Beenleigh is through to the semi-finals of the ladies' silver division.

A SURPRISE result in the Bowls Queensland elections on Tuesday with Cynthia Neeve elected as chairwoman in place of the retiring Brian Stewart.

Other ladies to take on positions in the new administration include Manly's Isobel Rhind who was voted in as director of finance while Sunnybank's Delores Gray claimed the female deputy chair position.

It is good to see the Gold Coast represented in the men's section with Kevin Goldie taking up a position.

It is to be hoped that the new Bowls Queensland administration will approach the newly elected State Government and put a strong case for government funding, especially in the wake of the Bligh government's decision to hand over $60 million for a football stadium for a second Queensland-based AFL team.

From a community point of view, one can only guess how many people rely on the sport of lawn bowls and many Queenslanders are employed in clubs and how many service industries supply and maintain services to these clubs, not counting the number of interstate visitors and caravan parks.

A $500,000 Queensland Government funded advertising campaign for people to get fit, exercise and live longer with a healthy lifestyle is deemed worthwhile but the money would be better off as funding to Bowls Queensland to keep the sport alive and well.

All community funded sporting associations need more help from the Governments and hopefully new chairwoman Neeve will make this a top priority.

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