Port Curtis district team claims Division 5 honours
EIGHT Biloela and Monto bowlers played a major role in helping the Port Curtis District claim the Division 5 title at last week's Queensland District Sides Championships.
Biloela's Rob Huggers, Adam Dittman, Ian Hogan and Cam and Shane McCrohon, and Monto's Mark Torrens, Rodney Rideout and Barry Woodall were members of the 16-strong squad that played at the Noosa Tewantin Bowls Club.
Port Curtis played against nine other teams in their section before playing off in the Division 5 finals at Caloundra on Saturday.
Port Curtis manager Peter Tappenden said the district was unlucky not to finish in a higher division after some very closely fought matches during the preliminary stages.
"Each game is played with four teams playing 18 ends each. We drew against the highly-fancied Downs team and lost two other games by one point,” Tappenden said.
"The boys were a little disappointed not to finish in a higher division, but set themselves the goal of taking out Division 5.”
Port started the finals off by defeating Burnett 74-59, then upset Caboolture 69-62 before winning the final against the highly-fancied North Queensland squad 68-61.
The match against North Queensland was a nerve-wracking clash with Port Curtis skipping away to a 20-point lead halfway through the clash before NQ fought back to be within one point of victory with one end remaining on each of the four rinks.
A three-shot pick up on the final end by Rodney Rideout's team, which included Biloela's Ian Hogan, Shane and Cam McCrohon combined with a four-shot pick up by a team made up predominantly of Gladstone bowlers, skipped by Peter Perhouse, helped guide Port Curtis to the seven-point win.
Tappenden said Port Curtis blooded several debutants at the Queensland event, including Biloela's Adam Dittman.
"Adam played beautiful lead bowls and was among the best in the Port Curtis squad,” Tappenden said.
"Rob Huggers, who skipped for the first team at this level, also played exceptionally well.”
Local bowlers return to regular club fixtures over the next two months, before preparing for the annual Port Curtis District Pennant tournament.
The ladies squad, which include Biloela's Yvonne Geall, Helen Shaw, Janet Hogan, Kerry Locke and Judy McCrohon and Monto's Bronwyn Torrens won 5 of their 9 preliminary games to qualify for Division 3.