Upset wins change tips for pennant

A WEEK is a long time in politics and especially so in the sport of lawn bowls and more when it's the last round of pennant on the Tweed Gold Coast for both men's and ladies competition.

The division one men's pennant leaders suffered their first defeat for the season going down by 14 shots to fourth placed Tweed Heads in the big upset of round 10.

This coupled with the unexpected loss of sixth place Paradise Point against lowly Mermaid Beach, has left the door open for Tweed Heads, now one match clear of Musgrave Hill, to compete in the final series if they win against Paradise Point.

Musgrave Hill, in fifth position on 12pts, must win against Helensvale and hope that Tweed Heads loses to Paradise Point, however, this season may be the first for a very long time that Musgrave Hill will miss out on the pennant finals.

Helensvale, on 18pts, moved to the top of the ladder on top of Broadbeach after winning by 40 shots against Tugun with Broadbeach also on 18pts followed by South Tweed on 16pts and then Tweed Heads on 14pts.

According to the expert pundits a week ago, all three teams - Musgrave Hill, Paradise Point and Tweed Heads - would be level on 12pts each heading into this final round on Saturday, now the fate of the final series for Tweed Heads is in its own hands with a likely win against Paradise Point sealing fourth pennant table position.

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  • THE final round of the Ladies Division One Pennant on Friday has come down to the wire also with South Tweed on 34pts, only one point behind leaders Tweed Heads on 35pts.

With two match points and three rinks points available, South Tweed will need to win all five points and hope that Broadbeach can win against Tweed Heads or at least win on two rinks.

As there is no final play off for the ladies this final round will decide the 2009 pennant champions.

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  • THE sport of lawn bowls has lost another champion in the past week with the sudden passing of South Tweed Sports Club chairman Doug White.

A long time member and chairman, Doug was a cornerstone of the club for many years and was very passionate in his support for the South Tweed Sharks.

Never lost for words, Doug was always ready to speak on behalf of his beloved sport and will be missed by all who knew him. The funeral service will be held at the Tweed Crematorium tomorrow at 10am.

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  • THE Bob Foreman Memorial Junior Pairs will be held on Sunday, October 18 at the Tweed Heads Indoor. Bob Foreman, a man before his time, among many things, was the bowls columnist for the Daily News and also a foundation member of an online bowls forum back in 1997 when computers and “blogs” were new to a lot of bowlers.

Foreman drove his van up and down the Gold Coast with the sign “Man on the Mat” and also very passionate about juniors and his home club Surfers Paradise and his beloved pennant teams.

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  • CALENDAR dates for 2010 has the Black Douglas start earlier next year on May 31 with the Salisbury Singles commencing on June 26.

The Tweed Prestige Open Mixed Singles follows on July 4 with the 2010 Gold Coast Winter Carnival to follow on afterwards.

The 2010 Golden Nugget will be staged on August 9-12.

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