All in for the big car­ni­val

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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

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