Big turnout bids farewell to grass

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

A Bun­bury and Dampier com­pos­ite team has taken the ti­tle at Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club’s last ma­jor tour­na­ment on their cur­rent sur­face.

Team spokesman Bob Jenk­ins said this was the fifth time his part­ner and him­self had won the car­ni­val with var­i­ous teams.

“In 2004, we won it for the first time with a team from Bun­bury,” he said.

“We now travel on our own, let the or­gan­is­ers know we’re look­ing for part­ners and they find some for us.

“It was very in­ter­est­ing this year be­cause we’ve seen things in Kar­ratha we haven’t seen be­fore.

“To­day was typ­i­cal Kar­ratha weather — yes­ter­day and ear­lier in the week wasn’t.”

Jenk­ins said the wel­com­ing na­ture of Pil­bara res­i­dents was what kept the cou­ple com­ing back.

Kar­ratha was well rep­re­sented at the meet, with the only all-Kar­ratha team com­ing sec­ond in the A Di­vi­sion be­hind the Dampier/Bun­bury side.

Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Graeme Wilkes said de­spite the hairy weather, the turnout was “fan­tas­tic”.

“We had some scary weather at the start, but they still bat­tled through to come and put on 14 teams,” he said.

“Teams came from down as far as Bun­bury, from Exmouth, Geraldton and all around the Great South­ern.

“Thank you to all the peo­ple who trav­elled so far to make this car­ni­val pos­si­ble.”

Mr Wilkes said the new syn­thetic turf to be in­stalled soon would en­able the club to dou­ble num­bers at the car­ni­val next year.

Many com­peti­tors have headed straight to Dampier Bowl­ing Club, where their two­day car­ni­val is ex­pected to wrap up to­day.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Graeme Wilkes, left, with ma­jor spon­sors ECM and win­ners of the A and B Di­vi­sion in the Last on the Grass car­ni­val.

All-Kar­ratha team Rick and Kel­lie Monson, Jen­nifer Beat­tie and James Crocker.

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