Great start to Mackay district bowls comp
ONLY two ladies turned up to play this week, as many others were playing at other clubs in the district, who have changed their bowling day to Tuesday. The two ladies, Margaret Heeney and Ladda Purdie took the opportunity to practice and improve their game.
The men played on Wednesday, with 12 bowlers playing 3 games of pairs. Two of those bowlers, David and Eileen Allen were holidaying in Australia from the United Kingdom.
The highest score for the day was achieved by Gary North and Jim Cairns with a score of 29, defeating Bruce Purdie and Wally Gray who scored 8.
Ricky Williams and Jack Dobbins defeated Domenico Sposato and Keith Beetham 24-17.
Last of the pairs teams were John Fornasiero and Eileen Allen scoring 21, defeated David Stock and David Allen with a score of 10.
The jackpot was drawn which resulted in half the jackpot being shared by Bruce Purdie and Wally Gray.
Wednesday night business house bowls presentation night started with mixed up teams chosen randomly by co-ordinator Brian Delaney. The teams were male against female and results were one win for the men and two draws.
The shield was then presented to Porters Pounders, who won the series.
Porters will retain the trophy until the end of next season. All other teams were presented with a certificate of thanks for their participation. Series 12 will begin on Wednesday, April 30.
Friday bare foot bowls was slightly down on the usual numbers, possibly because of the threat of Cyclone Ita.
The night turned out rain free and everyone had a good time.
Thanks to Ita, that was the end of social bowls for the weekend.
The men’s pennant got off to a great start despite the cyclone. In Whitsunday fashion, three teams competed, bare foot where necessary, even though the black sky threatened play.
Saturday saw Nik Fernbach, appointed bus driver for the team leave Cannonvale at 10:30am bound for North Mackay Bowls Club.
Three teams went to North Mackay Bowls Club on Saturday, consisting of Amando Isgro, David Dias, Domenico Sposato, Ricky Williams and Andrew Bell, Bob McMahon, Daryl Tuttle (Bowen dual member), Tony Osborne and Nathan Harriet, Kevin Jewell, Steve Roome (Bowen dual member), and Nik Fernbach.
All three teams won on Saturday and there were another two wins on Sunday.
Official results for the district were not available at the time of going to press, but the club was confident it was a great start to the competition.
The Airlie teams were assisted by the dual members of the Bowen Bowls Club. The focus and determination of the teams, under such adverse conditions, has put them in an unenviable position for the remaining games in the district competition.
Club championships are being organised and men and ladies are asked to get their names on the games sheets on the club noticeboard.
There is still time to get into the Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8 Whitsundays Coast Four’s Carnival with prizes of $4000 up for grabs. Contact Margo Stanley on firstname.lastname@example.org or 4948 0444