Keeping a long friendship rolling
BOWLS: Monto and Biloela had their annual Friendship Day game on Saturday, a day to come out and celebrate the clubs’ fierce but friendly rivalry.
This year’s game was held at Monto, which has won the Friendship game four years in a row.
The game was a full-day match to 18 ends, with five teams of five players, starting with singles and fours this morning and pairs and triples in the afternoon.
In the end, Monto took the win with a combined score of 355 to 288.
Monto Bowls Club men’s president Mark Torrens thanked the Biloela team for coming out and making it a fun day.
“I think if we can continue and keep it going, we could all enjoy it,” Torrens said.
“We’re only an hour’s drive away so we get a lot of support from Biloela, which creates a good rivalry.”
Rivalry matches between the clubs have been happening in some form or another for more than 25 years.
The latest shield started in 2008, with Monto having won the past four games.
Though the games are strictly social, Torrens said both sides get into the competition.
“We’ve won that shield four times. Bilo haven’t got their names on it and we don’t want them to get it,” he said.
Torrens was happy to tease Biloela club president Trevor Shaw with a bit of light ribbing as he presented the trophy before the assembled players, but Shaw took it in stride.
“I want to thank all the Bilo people who made the effort to come over, and good on the Monto players for bringing the club over,” Torrens said.
“Perhaps next year they can come over and teach us a few things on the green.
“These things don’t just happen over the week before, there’s a lot of planning that goes into making them successful.”
Monto Bowls Club will hold its $10,000 Men’s Fours Carnival and bonus Knockout Open Two Bowl Pairs from June 30 to July 2.
RIVALRY: Monto president Mark Torrens celebrates a win.