WINNERS: The Chinchilla Bowls Club Blue Pennants team.
WINNERS: The Chinchilla Bowls Club Blue Pennants team. Contributed

Chinchilla Bowls Club smashes the competition

Bowls: The Chinchilla Bowls Club teams are celebrating a winning year, and there's still more competition to go.

Each year the club plays pennants, fielding teams in green, red, and blue divisions.

This year, the Chinchilla club won all three divisions, going two steps better in the blue pennants.

Club chairman Jim Donnelly said the team won the Condamine District competition, then also won the zone.

"We've won it (the district) eight years in a row, the Blue Pennants, so having a clean sweep in the Pennants in Condamine is a pretty big deal,” Donnelly said.

"Now we're off to play in the State, and that's on November 10 and 11 in Tweed Heads.”

It seems bowls is definitely a family sport, with three father and son combinations playing in the competition.

It will be a tough fight at Tweed Heads, with the team set to go up against players who've competed for Australia, including Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice, and Aaron Sherriff from the Helensvale club.

"If we win it makes us the Queensland State Champions of Pennants, which is pretty unreal to imagine and, after being runners up two years ago, we do want to get that one better.

"But mind you we've got to beat the other teams as well before we even get to Helensvale so they'll be the big challenge,” Donnelly said.

It would be a stunning achievement for the small country club, which is also just starting club championships.

"It just goes to show we've got a lot of strength for such a small club,” Donnelly said.

"We've got some new ones that have come through and are doing really well.”

The club holds come and try days on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for anyone interested in giving the sport a go.


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