Gold Coaster Nathan Rice and Tweed Heads bowler Lyn Cuthbertson display their trophies after taking out their respective finals in the Queensland State Singles Champsionships on Monday.
Gold Coaster Nathan Rice and Tweed Heads bowler Lyn Cuthbertson display their trophies after taking out their respective finals in the Queensland State Singles Champsionships on Monday. Submitted

Tweed bowler crowned

TWEED Heads bowler Lyn Cuthbertson has been crowned Queen of the Indoor Green after she won the Queensland State Singles title earlier this week.

Cuthbertson downed Maria Rigby 25-14 in Monday's final which was decided on the carpet after wild weather had forced officials to move all play indoors at Tweed Heads and Paradise Point.

Cuthbertson, who advanced to the semi-finals with two good wins on Sunday at Paradise Point, accounted for in-form international Carmen Anderson 25-to book a berth in the decider.

Cuthbertson was one of three Tweed Heads ladies who made it through to the semi-finals

Ann-Maree Hardy defeated Ester Regan 25-16 to set up a clash against former Australian Indoor winner Rigby, who is now back playing at Manly Bowls Club, while Anderson scored a convincing 25-14 win over Jane Bush.

While Anderson made easy work of her quarter-final opponent, astute judges at the Tweed favoured Cuthbertson to win their semi-final following her good recent form which included victories in the Tweed Heads ladies indoor Singles and Pairs championships.

The win for Cuthbertson completed the section of State winners for the prestigious Golden Nugget to be played in August.

In the men's event, popular Club Helensvale bowler Nathan Rice downed teenager Kurt Brown to claim his first State Singles title.

Rice, who beat Mermaid Beach's Robbie Allan 25-11 in their semi-final, was expected to face off against club-mate Anthony Kiepe in the decider.

However, it was not to be with the Australian Indoor champion upstaged by Brown in their semi-final.

The 18-year-old from Bundaberg fought back from an 18-8 deficit to claim 13 of the last 15 ends and win 25-20.

In the final, Rice raced away to a 10-1 lead after just five ends but the youngster drove and played some great draw bowls to make a good game of the decider.

However, the consistency of the 2006 Golden Nugget winner was too much and “Lurch” bagged his first State Singles crown and an invitation to play in the section of State winners in the Golden Nugget.

In the early rounds, Rice beat Paul Petersen 25-17 before edging past Shane Globits 25-23. In the quarter-finals he downed well-credentialed Bruce McNish 25-15.

There was a minor sensation on Sunday when, to everyone's surprise defending singles champion Sean Baker missed the 9am start and forfeited his match.

It seems a matter a not enough sleep after the extremely long days of bowls and winning the State Pairs title with Alex Murtagh and the State Triples title with Robert Wild and Alex Murtagh caught up with Baker.

MUSGRAVE'S Hills Kevin Koorey and Geoff Hawken won the Over 60's Pairs title, beating David Falvey and Jim Farrell 20-15 in the final.

Perhaps the sensation of the State Men's and Women's Championships was the Women's Triples with rising stars Georgia White and Carly and Shan Griffiths downing the dream team of Kelsey Cottrell, Julie Keegan and Lynsey Armitage.

White skipped the two teenage sisters from Caloundra to a stunning 21-19 victory.

The scores were level at the end of regular play but the rising stars won two shots on the extra end to claim victory.

It was a great effort just to make the final but to beat a trio of Australian players must be the highlight of what was a great State Championships on the Gold Coast - barring the weather of course.

THE Black Douglas field has been released by South Tweed Sports Club and many of the nation's top lady bowlers have entered the prestigious event.

The full field is on the THBC web site and the tournament commences on Monday, June 15, with the finals to be played Thursday, June 18.



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