Binjour bonanza a draw card for players
Binjour Bowls Club continues a new tradition
THANKS to the generosity of two Binjour Bowls Club members, the Binjour Bowls Bonanza competition continues to draw players.
BarryWengel and Barry Keune are those generous members, and the pair is always looking to help their beloved club in anyway they can.
MrWengel and Mr Keune put up the $4000 prize pool between them.
The idea to provide the prize money and help the Binjour Bowls Club first came to MrWengel and Mr Keune one lazy evening.
“Barry and I were chatting away one night and I joked to him that if I ever won the lotto this is what I would do with it and he said he’d go me halves,” Mr Keune said.
“That’s where the idea for the bowls bonanza started from.
“The two of us decided to put up the prize money and at the time we thought it would probably just be a one off event.”
However the popularity of the weekend changed their minds on the possibilities.
“Thanks to last year we decided to do it again this year and have got players coming from Kingaroy, Taroom, Wondai and those sorts of places,” Mr Keune said.
Once again players attended the competition from all over theWide Bay and Burnett.
After putting up the $4000 for the first Binjour Bowls Bonanza last year, MrKeune and MrWengel committed the same this year.
“We wanted to help the club make money, we have got a decent size group of players so we have done what we wanted to achieve,” MrWengel said.
Mr Keune believes the club itself also plays a big role in attracting players.
“I think it’s a combination of the prize money and the love of the club that got a lot of these players out here for the weekend,” Mr Keune said.
The rules for the competition were tweaked slightly.
“It has been going pretty good so far, the format is a little different to last year,” Mr Keune said.
“The scoring is different and we had a last round prize last year but this year we just have first, second, third and fourth.
Players had to change positions after each game meaning they could not play the same position twice.
“That’s so everyone gets has a go at each of the positions,” Mr Keune said.
Two games of 21 ends were played on Saturday and two games of 18 ends were played on Sunday.
Mr Keune dedicates a great deal of his own time to the Binjour Bowls Club despite still working a day job.
“I love the plays, which says it all,” Mr Keune said.
“I’m more or less here every day because I look after the grounds and keep them up to scratch.”
MrWengel applauded the commitment of Mr Keune to the club.
“He has really got the green looking good for us,” MrWengel said.
“Mark and Robbie also do a lot for the club, they come up from the Maryborough area.”
Between them MrWengel and Mr Keune have a combined three decades of membership with the Binjour Bowls Club.
“The club is outside of the towns so we don’t get a great deal of traffic and things like that,” MrWengel said.
“And the company out here is really good.
“I’m a life long North Burnett local, I play at other clubs from time to time. I’ve been as far as Yarraman for things like president’s days.”
A number of other dedicated volunteers cooked and supplied lunch for the field of players over the weekend including club member Yvonne Trott.
“There are a few of us doing our bit for the club, working in the kitchen and helping feed the players,” Mrs Trott said.
“I used to play bowls more often and still have a game every now and then, but someone has to do the work to help the club.”
Mrs Trott is thrilled to see a new club day take off with such success especially after losing out on past club days.
“I don’t know what made the guys decide to start this competition but so far it has been wonderful,” Mrs Trott said.
“We get a good mixture of players from a host of different clubs and anything to help this club out is greatly appreciated.”
Mrs Trott acknowledged the efforts of club volunteers as the life blood of a small country bowls club.
“A lot of people over the years have helped get grants and keep everything going,” Mrs Trott said.
“Most of that has been volunteers like Barry with his green keeping.
“A lot of members do a lot of work to help the club, little clubs like this don’t survive unless you have dedicated volunteers like that.”
A competition with a $4000 prize pool draws in a number of competitive players.
“You do find the stronger players come out here for the weekend and are out here for the competition,” Mrs Trott said.
“We have a lot of other club days but players are going away and playing competitions with the other clubs too and people only have so much time.
“Not so long ago we used to have three or four big club days, like amens and women’s day but now men and women and all ages combine and play together, otherwise we just wouldn’t have the numbers.”
The club also used to have special days such as the pork day competition.
Winners for the weekend were Selina Drury, Pat Darlington, BarryWengel, BobWiz, Di Reed, Bob Stevenson and all shared in the prize money.
The $1000 per round was split up into four lots, $400 for whoever placed first, $300 for second place, $200 for third place and finally $100 for fourth place.
The club raised money from the event through nomination fees.
Binjour Bowls Club hosts social bowls most Saturday afternoons and the clubhouse is open on Friday nights from 6pm until late.
If you would like to check out the Binjour Bowls Club or perhaps look into having a social game you can contact the club on 4161 3231.