Magicians cast spell over country challengers
IT promised plenty and delivered fine spirit when "Dion's Dragons'' answered the challenge to face "Mark's Magicians'' in the revived "Papershop clash'' between two country newsagents.
Dion Wengel led his Esk team against the Mark Bulow-inspired Toogoolawah combination for a shield originally created by The Queensland Times.
Toogoolawah teams had won three of the previous four encounters in the early 1990s before the shield started gathering dust.
However, excitement quickly built after news the rematch was being brought back to life.
Former Toogoolawah newsagent and keen lawn bowler Ian Bradow helped plan the contest at his home rinks.
The Dragons breathed fire in the hot conditions as the Magicians tried to cast a spell over their opponents.
The Toogoolawah recruits, including some youthful and rookie talent, won the afternoon 97-71 to successfully defend their title last won in 1994.
"It was high pressure. Bigger than the AFL grand final,'' Wengel joked, leaving the greens as Hawthorn swamped Sydney the same afternoon.
However, he and Bulow agreed it was a fantastic event.
"It certainly brings the communities together and provides some friendly rivalry,'' Wengel said.
"A fantastic day's play was had by bowlers and non-bowlers alike,'' winning team captain Bulow said.
"Toogoolawah has a very friendly, well-equipped bowls club, with energetic and helpful players trying to pass on their wisdom to us rookies.''
Despite some tired bodies at the end, most players vowed to return next year.
Esk won its only title in 1993, giving Dion and his wife Tracey 12 months to plan for a rematch.
For sporting allrounders Mark and his wife Pauline, it was back to looking after their customers in their Toogoolawah newagency.