Keep­ing a long friend­ship rolling

Central and North Burnett Times - - READ -

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

RI­VALRY: Monto president Mark Tor­rens cel­e­brates a win.

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