Bowlers roll up for fun in sun
Woodgate hosts another winning carnival
ITWAS state against state, man against woman as the Woodgate Bowls Club annual Winter Bowls Carnival was contested.
Held from July 21, the week-long carnival numbers didn’t even drop during the Childers Festival, with 90 players still taking part during this popular local event.
Bowls co-ordinator Chris Treacy said players from Victoria especially were attracted to Woodgate and the bowls carnival for three reasons: nice greens, a beautiful club and great weather.
“It is like a mini holiday for them and gives them a chance to have a great game of bowls and often stay and enjoy the area until the end of August, sometimes early September,” he said.
“The beauty of this carnival is that there is something different for bowlers to try each day whether it is triples, pairs or women versus men, it is always changing.
“Everyone that attended this year just loved their bowls and was keen to mix with other like-minded people and have a great time.”
Having seen continual growth since its inception more than five years ago, carnival organisers are looking to add greater prestige to the event.
As well as encouraging some younger players to the game, organisers want to up the desire to win with a greater range of prizes.
“Currently bowlers can win prize money or smaller prizes, but we just want to increase what is available to them to encourage players from throughout Australia to attend and enjoy the relaxed hospitality of Woodgate.
“It is wonderful seeing visitors from the southern states coming and experiencing our area in a time that would usually be quiet which is great for the carnival and also for the surrounding businesses and accommodation houses.”
TAKING AIM: Janice Mewett, from Woodgate, competes in the Winter Bowls Festival held at the Woodgate Bowls Club.
Evie Bell, from Woodgate, in action.
Ross Weir, from Woodgate, takes his turn.
Brody Hamilton, from Victoria.
Marilyn Baulch, from Portland, Victoria.