Love blos­soms on greens

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MUN­DUB­BERA boy Kurt Brown and his wife Emma have been crowned king and queen of Queens­land Bowls.

The cou­ple, who have been mar­ried just three weeks, had a fight­ing win at the state mixed pairs fi­nal at Bar­gara Bowls Club at the week­end.

The Browns de­feated the Ca­bool­ture duo of Richard Straw­bridge and Natasha Jones, 22-17.

It was Kurt’s third cham­pi­onship in four years, and the fi­nal was a tense af­fair, with Straw­bridge and Jones lead­ing at the 17th end with the score at 16-17.

With mo­men­tum swing­ing away from them, Kurt res­cued the pair’s ti­tle hopes and they made up two shots on the 18th to lead by one.

With less than 15 min­utes of play re­main­ing, Straw­bridge’s slow style saw the clock run down and the win­ner de­clared be­fore 21 ends could be played.

Play­ing and win­ning to­gether was a fit­ting re­ward for the Browns, who met at the state ti­tles two years ago and de­layed their hon­ey­moon to com­pete this year.

But it was not love at first sight.

Kurt said he was un­happy about Emma mut­ter­ing to her­self the first time they met and consi- dered ask­ing an of­fi­cial to get in­volved in the game.

“That was two years ago and now we’re mar­ried,” Kurt said.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

HAPPY COU­PLE: Kurt and Emma Brown with their state cham­pion medals at the Queens­land Mixed Pairs Cham­pi­onships.

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