Great start to Mackay district bowls comp

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AIR­LIE BOWLS

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 stan­blds@big­pond.com or 4948 0444

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