State of Origin for bowls boosts economy

DAY OUT: The Qld Team of Real Estate Bowlers.
DAY OUT: The Qld Team of Real Estate Bowlers. Contributed

ALMOST 100 bowlers headed out last week for what's considered the State of Origin for bowls.

Real Estate Bowlers Qld secretary Les Elborne said the 68th Annual Interstate Real Estate Bowls Carnival was a success.

"We had five different clubs playing for two trophies,” Mr Elborne said.

"The Turners Cup trophy, which was won by the NSW Real Estate Bowlers and the Jim Yates Memorial Trophy, which was won by the Real Estate Bowlers Qld.”

"That's the fourth time in 68 years that one trophy has gone to each state.”

Mr Elborne said the bowls tour was great for the community as it helped boost the local economy.

"We have 88 bowlers on tour,” he said.

"Two of the five matches were played locally at Solander Lake and Caboolture Lakes.

"We go to all the tourist attractions, lunch, we employ local coach companies, we stay in motels for a week at a time so that is definitely some big bucks we're bringing into the area.”

Solander Lake Bowls Club chairman Chris Jenkins said it was good to have the bowlers at the club.

"There was 90 people from all over Australia who came in for 2 meals and drinks and whatever else,” Mr Jenkins said.

"It's good business for the club.

"They made a good speech and thanked the club.”

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