Bowls: A strong contingent of Granite Belt bowlers recently travelled to the State District Sides Championships on the Gold Coast.
The Summit Bowls Club member John Shannon was part of the district selection panel and went along to assist at the event.
Shannon said the Southern Downs team consisted of five bowlers from The Summit and two from Stanthorpe.
The team also boasted bowlers from Tenterfield, Tannymorel, Texas, Goondiwindi, Warwick and Inglewood.
"It was a good experience,” Shannon said.
Shannon said bowlers from all 22 districts across Queensland were involved with the championships, which were held at Coolangatta, Tugun and Tweed Heads bowling clubs from May 3-5.
The Southern Downs team was graded to Division 4, in which they were runners-up, Shannon said.
"On the last day we made division four and we won two and lost one (game),” he said.
"We were runners-up in division four. That meant our overall ranking was 14 out of 22, which is pretty good for a division our size.
"We were pretty pleased with that.
"We were more than pleased with our effort because we had four players pull out due to illness.”
He said this was a great result compared to the Southern Downs' previous efforts at the championships.
Throughout the event, he said the Gold Coast put on some stunning weather for the visiting teams.
"The weather was great,” he said.
"The greens were a bit on the slow side.”
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