Swifts stronger for premier test
SWIFTS Bowls Club players are preparing for a massive new year.
The proud club has again pitted itself against the best players from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Darling Downs in the 2017 Premier League Queensland (PLQ) franchised competition.
The club's first game is at Enoggera on January 7.
Swifts will not only be representing Ipswich but the entire Cunningham District during the 10 week series leading into finals.
This year was the first time a PLQ franchise competition was staged.
While the Swifts team performed well, the players have come away much wiser about what is required to be extremely competitive.
The club already boasts current state representative Jay Cross.
District representatives include Graeme Hooper, Michael Bretherton, Kerry Taylor, Steve Blessley, Hilary Goebel, Steve Bell, Chris Mudd, Peter Ellul and Shawn Toomey.
Toomey is also the current district singles champion.
Swifts president Kerry Taylor said the club had recruited astutely on the back of knowledge gained from last year.
"It was discovered that there was a need for more specialised players in certain positions, and the club has gone out and acquired players with this in mind,'' Taylor said.
He said Swifts have an old Ipswich boy in Greg Tate, who is a multiple District representative and runner-up in the 2016 State Champion of Champion Singles.
David Small, who holds numerous club and district titles, is a current Gateway District skip of considerable note.
Highly credentialled Jesse Slatter is from Toowoomba where he is a current Downs District skip.
Mick Ashworth adds an interstate flavour and rounds off the line up. He brings a vast amount of experience from the ACT.
Swifts have six home games against quality opposition such as Helensvale (home of Mark Casey, Nathan Rice, Brett Wilkie and Lynsey Clark), South Tweed (Kelvin Kerkow), Hamilton (last year's winners), Belmont, Enoggera and Kawana (the powerhouse club of the Sunshine Coast.
Taylor said each home game would be a final in itself, with spectators well catered for at the Booval-based club.
"All the home games have been timed to allow as many bowlers as possible to witness some extremely impressive bowling,'' Taylor said.
Swifts home games for the 2017 Premier League competition.
January 7: v Enoggera (5.30pm)
January 28: v Belmont (5.30pm)
February 4: v Helensvale (5.30pm)
February 25: v South Tweed (5.30pm)
March 11: v Hamilton (5.30pm)
March 18: v Kawana (5.30pm).