Big turnout bids farewell to grass
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.
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.