Per­fect bowl ends per­fect gath­er­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

IT­WAS a fi­nal per­fect bowl that even­tu­ally de­cided the prize­money at the Monto Men’s Fours $10,000 Bowls Car­ni­val on the weekend.

The team skipped by Gayn­dah’s War­rick Bellert left with $800 in each of their back pock­ets af­ter com­ing back from 14-6 down to win their fi­nal game of the day by the skin of their teeth 18-14.

“War­rick’s last two bowls were his best ones all week,” said team mem­ber Ash­ley Har­ris, with a laugh. “They sealed us the win.” But per­haps Mr Bellert’s anal­y­sis was more telling of the team’s se­cret to suc­cess: “Un­like just a few of the other teams, we don’t drink any­thing un­til the end of the day”.

With four teams win­ning all five of their games the high-stakes end of the $10,000 com­pe­ti­tion came down to a count­back.

Favourites Rod­ney Ride­out’s team fin­ished sec­ond for $2000, Damien Ride­out’s team came third for $1480 and Mun­dub­bera-born, for­mer Aus­tralian triples cham­pion Kurt Brown’s team claimed $900 with fourth.

But de­spite the lu­cra­tive prize­money, the cheery weekend was more of an

ex­cel­lent ex­cuse for bowls en­thu­si­asts from far and wide to come to­gether for the 30th year.

South Aus­tralia’s Stan Jack­son and Harry Parker have trav­elled north for the event ev­ery year for the past 12 years.

Al­though Mr Parker and Mr Jack­son fin­ished far off the prize­money, their com­mit­ment to the car­ni­val was cer­tainly un­matched.

“Mostly, we just love the sunny skies and the good friends we’ve made here, that’s why we keep on com­ing,” Mr Jack­son said.

Play­ers came from Mel­bourne, Townsville, Bris­bane, Biloela and the Bur­nett Re­gions to make up the 32 teams, who af­ter a lively cal­cutta on Fri­day night, played three games of 18 ends on Satur­day and two on Sun­day.

Monto Bowls Club pres­i­dent Bar­ryWoodall said it was “mag­nif­i­cent”.

“Hav­ing 32 teams show up for the fourth year in a row was a big deal, I want to thank ev­ery­one for com­ing,” MrWoodall said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

KEEN TRAV­ELLER: Cameron McCro­hon trav­elled from Biloela to play.

Monto Bowls Club pres­i­dent Barry Woodall was full of strate­gic ideas.

Monto's Billy Smith helped out at the Men’s Fours $10,000 Car­ni­val.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

The Monto green was packed to ca­pac­ity with 32 teams ar­riv­ing for the an­nual Men’s Fours $10,000 Car­ni­val.

Ron Hamp­son, Ray Hen­der­son, Reg Hamp­son and Phil Mor­gan from Monto cel­e­brate a win­ning bowl.

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