All in for the big carnival
BOWLS: Bowls teams were out in force for Monto Bowls Club’s biggest event of the year, the $10,000 Men’s Fours’ Carnival.
Over two days, 32 teams from Monto, Biloela, Kingaroy, Gladstone, and even as far as Brisbane and Sunshine Coast came out to fight for the top prize.
In the end, a team made up of Mt Larcom and Gladstone led by Dave Olsen, Dennis Lockwood, Bruce Vanderwall and Pedro Tappenden claimed victory with five wins at 57 points.
Tappenden has been bowling since 1974 and has had a solid track record over the years with other members of the team, including at Monto.
“We come to all the carnivals; a mate and I won the pairs here last year too,” Tappenden said.
“We all know each other from around the traps, we’re compatible with each other and played some good bowls as a team.
“Dave (Olsen) the skipper played some great bowls; when we needed a good one he pulled us out of it.”
Tappenden, who spoke on behalf of Olsen at presentations, joked the other members baulked at
his suggestions to donate some of the winning money.
The competition was five games over 18 ends: three on Saturday, two on Sunday.
Friday afternoon was an open pairs game to get people warmed up for the carnival and let the visiting women play.
Once again, the visiting teams praised the high quality of Monto Bowls Club greens, making a point of bringing out greenkeeper Rex Williams for a round of applause at presentations.
Second-place team captain Mick Tobin said the effort put on was the strongest he had seen visiting the club.
“I’ve been here many times before and I always enjoy it and they put on the best tournaments,” Tobin said.
TOP GAME: Dave Olsen won the comp with five wins and 57 points. PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE
Neal Ferris surveys a good roll.
Geoff Geall from Biloela came back to compete after last week's friendship day.
Pedro Tappenden's team won the day.
Monto Bowls Club scorekeepers hard at work on the results.
A beautiful sunny day on the third day of Monto Bowls Men's Fours Carnival.
Shane Cummings from Gladstone.
More than 30 teams competed in Monto Bowls' biggest event