WINNING STYLE: Laurie Raines with his bright orange bowls that dominated the 2017 Biloela Bowls Club club competitions.
WINNING STYLE: Laurie Raines with his bright orange bowls that dominated the 2017 Biloela Bowls Club club competitions. Cameron McCrohon

Raines joins club legends after unique quardrella

IN THE 70-year history of the Biloela Bowls Club only three other people have done what Laurie Raines achieved in 2017.

Raines won all four A grade mens' titles - singles, pairs, triples and fours - joining club legends Tim Wallace (1990), Rodney Rideout (1993) and Damien Rideout (2010) as the only men to have racked up the unique quadrella.

Raines won the first of his titles back in May last year when he defeated Rob Huggers in the coveted singles final and sealed the fourth title in November by taking out the triples with team mates Greg Bale and Wayne Henney.

"It's not something that I ever thought that I would do," Raines said.

"It is hard enough to win the singles titles, let alone all four club championships in one year."

Raines, who has been playing the sport for 32 years, said it was definitely the highlight of his time in the game.

"We had some very close games and really only just fell over the line in the triples and the fours finals."

Laurie has been a member of several successful club championship winning teams, but it is only the second time he has taken out the singles title.

"We've had some very good bowlers play at the club over the years and at the moment the singles title is really an open field with about 12 players all capable of winning on the day."

When asked of his chances of achieving the feat again in 2018, Raines laughed.

"That would be nice, but I don't think it will happen."

Raines started playing bowls in 1985 when his car broke down.

"I had to rely on my work mate to drive me to work and back every day," he said.

"He played the sport and then one Friday afternoon when we finished work, instead of driving home, he drove straight to the bowls club.

"They used to play social bowls under lights back then and I had a game that night and enjoyed it.

"I played a few more times and became hooked."


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