Club Kawana recorded their best ever win in the Queensland Premier Bowls comp, beating the reigning premiers. Dale McWhinney-Shillington and Maz Emerton are all smiles after the big win.
Club Kawana recorded their best ever win in the Queensland Premier Bowls comp, beating the reigning premiers. Dale McWhinney-Shillington and Maz Emerton are all smiles after the big win. Warren Lynam

THUNDERSTRUCK: High-flying Kawana's 'best ever' win

BOWLS: An Aussie rock anthem and an "electric” 13th man have combined to help Club Kawana record its "best-ever” win in its bowls history.

Last year, in just its second season in the Queensland Premier Bowls competition, Kawana shocked all in making the final, before going down to the powerhouse Helensvale.

But on the weekend, armed with AC/DC's Thunderstruck, Kawana produced a true David-versus-Goliath moment against the Gold Coast side.

The Hawks boast half of the current Australian side and a swag of international medals.

Players include Australian reps Kelsey Cottrell, Aron Sherriff, Nathan Rice and Brett Wilkie.

But despite the calibre of talent on show, Club Kawana roared home to a narrow 56-54 victory.

"They told us last season was a fluke - a flash in the pan. They said we were 100-1 to beat them,” skipper Ian Schuback said.

"We aren't 'no-names'. We are good club players, whereas they are full of rep players.

"They gave us no chance.”

Ian Schuback takes aim for Kawana.
Ian Schuback takes aim for Kawana. Warren Lynam

Schuback said the energetic smash hit sent the pulses racing - for players and spectators.

"At the opening and end of each rink, Thunderstruck is belted out. It's also on rotation every fifth song,” he said.

"It seriously gets us going, and the crowd, too. It must be working.

"The atmosphere on Saturday when it was played was super.”

Club president Barry Wolgast, who is approaching 25 years at the helm, said it was one of their best performances.

Club Kawana recorded their best ever win in the Queensland Premier Bowls comp, beating the reigning premiersDale McWhinney-Shillington and Maz Emerton all smiles after the big win.
Club Kawana recorded their best ever win in the Queensland Premier Bowls comp, beating the reigning premiersDale McWhinney-Shillington and Maz Emerton all smiles after the big win. Warren Lynam

He said the near 200-strong crowd was "electric”, particularly when the calls of "You've been ... thunderstruck” rang out.

"Helensvale are a powerhouse club and to knock them off, it's one of our best performances in history,” Wolgast said.

"It's a remarkable result. And we repeated it the next day against Belmont.

"From talking to the players, the atmosphere certainly lifts them. They really respond to it and rise to the occasion.”

Schuback reserved praise for Maz Everton, Richard Strawbridge, Danny Barrett and Jade Dawe's highly impressive displays against the best of the best.

Despite the monumental win, Club Kawana players' feet are remaining grounded. They face competition leaders Victoria Point Magpies at the weekend.

"I look at it like tennis: we have just broken serve. If we can hold serve, it's then a flying start,” he said.

"We went in with nothing to lose and got home. It was sensational.”

Weekend results - Club Kawana versus Helensvale

Premier League Results

  • Maz Emerton, Nick Cahill, Dale McWhinney & Richard Strawbridge d Brett Wilkie's rink 22/17
  • Jay Dawe, Keith Walley, Ian Schuback & Danny Barrett d Nathan Rices's rink 17/13
  • Russell Van Homrigh, Mark Williams, Lewis Stumbris & Dean WcWhinney lost to Aron Sherriff's rink 17/24
  • Overall result: Kawana Thunder d Helensvale Hawks 56/54

Premier League Reserve Grade versus Helensvale

  • Overall Result: Kawana Thunder d Helensvale 71/54

Premier League Sunday versus Belmont Blaze

  • Danny Barrett's team won 28/11, Richard Strawbridge's team drew 18/18, Dean McWhinney's team lost 15/23
  • Overall result: Kawana Thunder d Belmont Blaze 61/52

Premier Reserve Grade versus Belmont Blaze

  • Kawana Thunder defeated Belmont Blaze 98/72


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