CHAMP OF CHAMPS: The Coolum Beach team of Louise Witton, Marilyn Clayton, Brenda Balchin, Liza Burgess.
CHAMP OF CHAMPS: The Coolum Beach team of Louise Witton, Marilyn Clayton, Brenda Balchin, Liza Burgess. Contributed

Camaraderie the key at Coolum bowls

COOLUM Beach ladies squad manager Marilyn Clayton says there's no secret to their success, it's good old-fashioned camaraderie which has propelled them to greater heights.

The club is celebrating a state Champion of Club Champions fours title and is now poised for a tilt at the Queensland division one pennants crown after earning a berth in the finals of the prestigious competition.

"We just feel we've got a really nice team environment, which I think you've got to have (to be successful),” Clayton said.

"It's a real team effort. Everybody has to play well to get to the point we've got to.

"Everyone has to get along really well and if you've got a good atmosphere in the team it goes a long way, on and off the green.

"(And) I think a lot of the players who have been there and done that before have been a good help to some of the others who are coming up.”

Coolum Beach's divsion one pennants squad comprises 12 players.

After forging their way through district and group levels, the squad will compete over three rinks of four at the eight-team state finals at Bribie Island Bowls Club the end of this month.

"Hopefully we'll do well. We're confident,” Clayton said.

Among the squad is the four who featured in the state Champion of Club Champions finals, Liza Burgess, Queensland over-60s skip Louise Witton and Australian top-50 players Brenda Balchin and Clayton.

They were ruthless in their campaign, through club, district, zone and then state finals.

In the finals, their only half-scare came via a Mareeba unit before they thrashed Bribie Island 32-5 in the gold medal clash.

Balchin and Clayton won the pairs title last year.

Coolum Beach will attempt to become the third Sunshine Coast club to wrest the state ladies division one pennant title, after Mooloolaba in 2011 and Club Kawana in 2014.


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