Perfect bowl ends perfect gathering
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.
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.
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.