Belmont in line for title at first drive
BELMONT Services Bowls Club will make their debut in Queensland Premier League next year and will boast a team capable of contesting the finals at their first attempt.
They are one of three new clubs for next season starting in January, with Swifts from Ipswich and Enoggera also gaining berths.
Belmont have been bolstered by players from Wynnum Manly Leagues Bowls Club, which pulled out of Premier League and is expected to cease operations on September 30 after 47 years at its present location.
South Toowoomba and Jindalee are also among the withdrawals from Premier League.
Jindalee’s Des Cann is believed to be turning out for Swifts. Among players switching from Wynnum Manly to Belmont are former Australian player Bill Cornehls and Australian Open under-18 winner Jacob Nelson.
The Seagulls’ Kerry Flint and John Finlayson were already members of Belmont.
“It was a one-off opportunity and we jumped at it,’’ Belmont president Graham Condon said. “We didn’t have the depth to compete in Premier League before. “It’s exciting for our club.’’ Belmont are sharing top spot with Wellington Point in Gateway Division 1 pennants.
QUEENSLAND will be represented in the World Tour events by Broadbeach’s Jamie Smith, who landed a spot in the World Indoor Singles in January after the national PBA qualifying finals in Mandurah.
It is Smith’s second shot at the big time after playing in the Scottish International.
David Holt’s defence of the Australian Indoor title came to an end when he was bundled out by Tweed Heads’ Paul Girdler, while Aaron Teys and Jeremy Henry advanced to the quarter-finals yesterday.