Vis­it­ing bowlers win pairs comp

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

BOWLS: Trav­el­ling cou­ple Har­ley Ryan and Donna Mul­der won the $300 prize open two-bowl pairs game af­ter stop­ping by Monto Bowls Club in their mo­torhome on Fri­day.

The pair are from New­cas­tle, New South Wales, home of the cur­rent ladies cham­pion Natasha Scott.

Though they rep­re­sent Ray­mond Ter­race Bowl­ing Club when they play, they’ve lived on the road for six years.

They stopped in on the day of the open comp be­fore the main event and man­aged to walk away win­ning three out of three games.

“We al­ways stay at the bowls club and have a game with the lo­cals and sup­port the smaller towns,” Mul­der said.

“This is the first time we’ve been to Monto but I’m sure we’ll be back.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic lit­tle town with some lovely com­pany and they’ve cer­tainly made us feel very wel­come.”

Ryan has been bowl­ing for 35 years and got Mul­der into it seven years ago.

“It was a good day, the com­pe­ti­tion was good and it was al­most as full as the week­end,” he said.

Though the main event was ex­clu­sively a men’s game, the open pairs match let the women have a go.

Ms Mul­der said: “It was mostly men, so it’s nice when us girls can get in there and beat the boys.”

It was a much sim­pler game over­all com­pared to the grand car­ni­val that fol­lowed at the week­end.

First prize was $300, sec­ond prize was $100.

Monto Bowls Club sec­re­tary Jack Muller likened it to a warm-up for the main event.

“It was a dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tion where any­one, male or fe­male could play a game of pairs,” Muller said.

“You could get peo­ple who played on Fri­day who weren’t play­ing on the week­end.”

On the sec­ond day of the big $10,000 Open Fours Men’s Car­ni­val, Har­ley sub­sti­tuted with Damien Ride­out’s team, which won eighth place with a score of three wins, one draw and 49 points.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

TRAV­ELLERS: Donna Mul­der and Har­ley Ryan.

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