THE Emerald Bowls Club still holds one state trick up their sleeve, despite bowing out of the Pennants Zone Final in Emerald late last month.
That trick comes in the form of Emerald bowls pair John Henman and Ian Johnson who beat Mackay to qualify for the Queensland Championships at Bribie Island in the coming months.
Their win guarantees them a spot in the play-off with the top 16 teams in the state.
The Emerald Pennants teams however were not so lucky, going down 50-30 on the overall scorecard to Mackay in their Zone Final.
Emerald bowls men's president Phil Jarvis said the scores were tight heading into the final ends, before Mackay took a late lead to steal the win.
"We were right in there with them, we were actually in the lead at one stage," Jarvis said.
"It was close all the way through - neck and neck.
"Then we lost a few big ends and it was pretty hard to get them back."
Emerald's place in the Zone Final comes on the back of some hard fought wins at club level and a determined effort to defeat Blackwater in the Leichhardt District Final.
As the 2011 bowls season draws to a close, Jarvis said it's been a bit of a mixed bag for local players in the competition stakes and looks to get even tougher with the addition of possibly even more teams next year.
"Hopefully we'll have some of the smaller clubs like Springsure, Dysart and Capella in with us next year," he said.
Many of these clubs are currently excluded from competitions such as the pennants because of a player shortfall, however Jarvis said they have since applied to Bowls Qld for an exception.
The Emerald Pennants teams were led by skip's Ian Johnson, Brian Herberte and Dave Pollard.
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