Bowlers roll up for fun in sun

Woodgate hosts another win­ning car­ni­val

Isis Town and Country - - Woodgate Beach -

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.”

PHO­TOS: MIKE KNOTT BUN240714BWL5

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.

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