Bowls men beat the heat

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

LAWN BOWLS: Monto Bowls Club holds so­cial games at 3pm Thurs­days and Satur­days to en­cour­age peo­ple to take up the sport.

In the cur­rent sum­mer weather, the mostly un­cov­ered greens, where bowls of 18 ends can take up to three hours can be bru­tal on at­ten­dees.

De­spite this, the club has at­tracted a small but loyal crowd of reg­u­lars.

Club trea­surer Jack Muller said the late start hadn’t made much dif­fer­ence, but things could’ve been worse if they’d kept the games at mid­day.

“It makes a dif­fer­ence to the peo­ple that come,” Muller said.

Last Thurs­day, six men turned up along with Muller for an af­ter­noon game of three-a-side.

The play­ers pow­ered through the heat and played en­er­get­i­cally and com­pet­i­tively.

An­drew Ver­schaeren has been a reg­u­lar player at the so­cial games.

Ver­schaeren is a trav­eller, but in the last two and a half months has been liv­ing in the area look­ing after a farm.

“You go to some bowls clubs and they don’t want to know you un­less you’re a mem­ber,” he said.

“But then you get places like this in lit­tle towns where they’re more invit­ing.”

Ver­schaeren found the warm weather pleas­ant, as he comes from a place out west of Charleville, which he claims has tem­per­a­tures that get up above the mid 40s.

For the triples game, Ver­schaeren com­peted with Brad McI­nally and Bob Kerr against Rus­sell Larsen, Bar­ryWoodall and Ben Lobegeier.

Games di­rec­torWoodall said he ex­pected at­ten­dance would pick up soon.

“It is a lot cooler but we’re not get­ting many peo­ple; I hope it picks up when we start hav­ing events.”

Monto Ser­vice Cen­tre will be hold­ing an Aus­tralia Day Bowls event at the club from 10am Thurs­day.

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

EN­THU­SI­AS­TIC BOWLS: At half of 18 ends, en­ergy had not gone down.

Ben Lobegeier takes a shot.

Brad McI­nally bowls en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Jack Muller about to join the field.

An­drew Ver­schaeren con­sid­ers the heat in Monto pos­i­tively mild.

Barry Woodall bowled for the first half.

Good form from Bob Kerr.

Bob Kerr aims down the line.

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