Bowls men beat the heat
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.
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.