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Champions to aim high at Gold Coast

BACK TOGETHER: Louise Witton, Liza Burgess, Brenda Balchin and Marilyn Clayton will aim high at this weekend's Queensland Champion of Club Champions event at Musgrave Hill.
BACK TOGETHER: Louise Witton, Liza Burgess, Brenda Balchin and Marilyn Clayton will aim high at this weekend's Queensland Champion of Club Champions event at Musgrave Hill. Warren Lynam

THEY'VE won state titles in the past, but the formidable ladies fours team from Coolum is intent on claiming one trophy which has eluded them.

The club's champion ladies fours team will join its champion pairs team at the Club Champion of Champions state finals at Musgrave Hill on the Gold Coast this weekend.

The fours team, led by skip Louise Witton and featuring Liza Burgess, Brenda Balchin and Marilyn Clayton, will be out to claim the title after finishing second previously.

The team reunited earlier this year after Witton and Burgess spent two years at Club Kawana.

Clayton last year teamed up with Balchin in the pairs and the club will be represented again in 2016 by Annica McGill and Kay Darling.

Clayton is under no illusions as to how tough this competition is.

Two sections of four will play off, with the winner of each section going through to the final.

"You're playing with eight quality teams,” she said.

It makes the thought of winning even more special.

"It would mean a lot to us. We've won state titles before but we haven't won the Champion of Club Champion Fours, we've come close, but haven't actually won it,” Clayton said.

Clayton said there was a "good feel” in the club at the moment, with its women's side taking out Divison 1 and Division 3 Pennants titles recently.

The Division 1 side beat Club Maroochy in the final, with the Division 3 side prevailing over Club Kawana.

"We've got a lot of new bowlers. There's a good feel in the club at the moment,” she said.

"Everything seems to be going well.”

Mooloolaba's men's fours team will also represent their club at Musgrave Hill this weekend, featuring John Thain, Steve Garforth, Jim See and Lou Dalakis.

Club Kawana's Kurt Brown will also be in action in the men's singles event.

There is extra glory in winning a state Champion of Club Champions singles title for the men and women, with the opportunity to play for a national title the following year.

The winners then progress to the world title after claiming the national title.

ALEX NOLAN

Topics:  bowls news bowls queensland club champion of champion sunshine coast bowls


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