Bowling towards victory

By Kirra Livingstone

IT was a tournament to remember for Glasshouse Mountains District Bowls Club’s Chris Freshwater who wiped the green with a standout three from three wins at this month’s Queensland championships.

Representing the club at the Bowls Queensland District Sides Championships, Chris won her games despite not even trialling.

Competing in the fourth division at the Gold Coast championships, the veteran player of 30 years said it was the highest level she had ever played and was taken aback by the fierce competition.

“There were a lot of ladies out there to have a win obviously and some of them were more vocal than others,” she said.

“It was certainly a different level I’m used to at home.”

“(But) we managed to bring home a flag in division four, which was really good… on the Saturday we had the three games to play for that flag for that division and we ended up winning all three games,” she said.

Chris was not even due to play having not completed any trials, but due to circumstances other representatives had to pull out, prompting the unexpected call-up.

“I didn’t go to the pre-selections, I didn’t go to try out for the side or anything,” Chris said.

“I went and played at Nambour in a district pairs event up there… and we ended up winning that.

“There were selectors there that day and it was after that they approached me.”

 In more good news for the Hinterland, it was revealed that next year’s Championships would be hosted across several Sunshine Coast bowls clubs.

Main image: Barbara Townsend , Fay Whittaker, Leona Johnson and Chris Freshwater

Back – Bowls Qld Representative, Helen Doherty, Shirley Cornish, Mary Williams, Chris Freshwater, Ellen Ross and Leona Johnson. Middle – Liz Slepikowski, Barbara Townsend, Jo-Ann Inch, Loretta Searchfield (Manager) Merril Ahern, Annica McGill and Lynda Brownen. Front – Debbie Dalliston and Fay Whittaker