First bowls tour­na­ment of the year

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

GAYN­DAH Lawn Bowls Club hosted the first Men’s Fours Tour­na­ment of the year with play­ers from across the Bur­nett and sur­round­ing re­gions par­tic­i­pat­ing.

It was the first tour­na­ment un­der the watch of newly ap­pointed Gayn­dah Bowls Club pres­i­dent Brian Pry­goda who said he was very pleased with the week­end.

“It has been a very hot week­end, which we all know, so the con­di­tions weren’t suit­able re­ally,” Pry­goda said.

“So we are lucky we have the shade cloth here to be able to play un­der be­cause the boys travel from a long way to play here so it’s good that we could keep the week­end run­ning.”

The shade cloth proved to be the sav­ing grace for the first tour­na­ment of the year.

“If we didn’t have the shade cloth I’d say we would have had to post­pone or can­cel the car­ni­val,” Pry­goda said.

“Be­cause there is a clause in the rules that af­ter it gets to a cer­tain tem­per­a­ture you have to aban­don play.”

Six­teen teams trav­elled from all over in­clud­ing Mary­bor­ough and Miriam Vale as well as other clubs around the North Bur­nett.

“The turn out has been re­ally good, we were wor­ried about num­bers with the heat,” Pry­goda said.

“Bowlers like to go to car­ni­vals like this and travel to other clubs.

“We try to do the same and re­turn the favour.”

He said week­end car­ni­vals and tour­na­ments were the life blood of small coun­try clubs.

“It’s al­ways a big ben­e­fit to the club,” Pry­goda said.

“If we didn’t have these days we would strug­gle as a club.

“On top of that I think the at­mos­phere has been re­ally great this week­end too.”

Lo­cal sup­port is also of huge ben­e­fit to the Gayn­dah Bowls Club and be­ing able to keep it op­er­at­ing and host­ing events such as the Men’s Fours.

“We get great spon­sor­ship from the wider com­mu­nity which is great,” Pry­goda said.

The next ma­jor tour­na­ment be­ing hosted by the Gayn­dah Bowls Club will be the Mixed Triples.

“We have that mixed triples at the end of March and the be­gin­ning of April,” he said.

If we didn’t have the shade cloth I’d say we would have had to post­pone or can­cel the car­ni­val. — Brian Pry­goda

PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

TEAM: Gayn­dah play­ers team­ing up over the week­end.

Lauch­lan Kemp tak­ing part in the week­end comp.

Ash­ley Har­ris con­cen­trat­ing on his shot.

Gayn­dah player Rob­bie Pat­ter­son lin­ing up his shot

A large num­ber of play­ers com­peted in Gayn­dah.

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