Coolum Bowls Club continues to rise through the ranks
COOLUM Beach stalwart Greg Brown believes there is "a new energy" at his club thanks to development officer Troy Somerville, and says the men's pennants team there can be a force for years to come.
The side claimed one of the district's top honours last month when it won the division one title and on Sunday took it a step further by winning the zone crown.
"Up until this year Mooloolaba has been the team to beat in the local competition. There's been a bit of a changing of the guard in relation to that," Brown said.
"Mooloolaba, Kawana and us are the main division one sides over the last few years. There has been a bit of to-ing and fro-ing of players between the clubs and that's sort of settled down a bit now and we've come out on top."
Coolum last won the district title seven years ago.
"In 2008 we were very strong but this is the strongest we've been since then and we've probably got more depth now," Brown said.
The team is now bound for next month's state playoffs at Bribie Island, where the state's top eight teams will collide.
With the likes of ex-Australian representative Troy Somerville, ex-Queensland representatives Fred Diamond and Brown and ex-Northern Territory representative Dave Billington in its ranks, Coolum Beach is indeed a strong entity.
But it is Somerville's influence as development officer which has made an impact at the club, after he took up the role in July last year.
"He's just added a whole new interest to our participation," Brown said.
"He's added a touch of professionalism we were probably lacking beforehand.
"There's a new energy within the club and I think that's been the difference."
"He's been conducting coaching sessions and all sorts of things to inject a bit of interest in the club."
Brown, 62, has lived at Coolum for 20 years and has been playing for 38 years.
He was secretary manager at Tewantin Noosa from 1996-2005.
He was in the Queensland team 'on-and-off' from 1982-1997 and was in the Northern Territory team in 2007 and 2008, when he spent three years in Darwin after buying a business there.
He also won a state champion of champions pairs title while playing for a club at Ipswich.
Meanwhile, Kawana's all-conquering women's side also won their district and zone titles to advance to the Queensland division one playoffs.