Weather holds for Quilpie bowls

The Western Star - - SPORT -

BOWLS: Teams flocked from through­out the south-west to take part in the an­nual Quilpie bowls day, held at the Quilpie Bowls Club at the week­end.

Four­teen teams com­prised of four play­ers each took to the green dur­ing the two-day event for the chance to be crowned the com­pe­ti­tion win­ner.

A num­ber of play­ers trav­elled from Roma to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion, with oth­ers com­ing from as far afield as Lon­greach and Nanango.

Through a stroke of luck, the bad weather didn’t halt pro­ceed­ings, with all Satur­day games fin­ished be­fore the wet weather hit Quilpie overnight.

The bowlers re­turned bright and early, re­sum­ing play at 8am Sun­day on a slightly damp lawn.

The sun broke through dur­ing the af­ter­noon and with the com­bi­na­tion of a bar­be­cue and live mu­sic, the spec­ta­tors and par­tic­i­pants en­joyed the fi­nal games of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Bowls co-or­di­na­tor Dave Paulsen said they had early in­ter­est in the event and the week­end was en­joy­able for all.

“It was a rav­ing suc­cess, I’d say. We had teams from far and wide and the car­ni­val was full – must mean we were do­ing some­thing right,” Paulsen said.

“A com­pos­ite team from Nanango, Mur­gon and Wondai won the com­pe­ti­tion. They head out every year and it helps that they are great bowlers, they were team of the week­end.

“It rained most of Satur­day night, so the pitch was a lit­tle wet on Sun­day but we still got the car­ni­val fin­ished up, so we were all happy with that.

“It was great host­ing the com­pe­ti­tion this year in our newly re­fur­bished club. It’s re­cently been painted and we did get a $30,000 grant to put a new shade sys­tem around the green.

“We’ve con­creted in some seat­ing, so all these things helped to im­prove the event for the play­ers and spec­ta­tors.”

The mixed team from Nanango, Wondai and Mur­gon won, with a Lon­greach team tak­ing sec­ond and a lo­cal Cun­na­mulla team com­ing in third.

A com­pos­ite team that in­cluded Roma player Elaine Tay­lor came fourth in the com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO:CON­TRIB­UTED

HIT­TING THE GREEN: Roma player Elaine Tay­lor (sec­ond from left) with team­mates Alan Mur­ray, Jo­ce­lyn Hay­lock and Gavin Hay­lock.

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