Bin­jour bo­nanza a draw card for play­ers

Bin­jour Bowls Club con­tin­ues a new tra­di­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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