Bottle and North in form at bowls club
BOWLERS Eric Bottle and Gary North have headlined this week’s matches at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club.
Wednesday was men’s day and boasted a healthy contingent of players, enough to fill six teams for two games of pairs and one of triples.
Bottle and North made up the first pairs team, finishing with a strong score of 26 to takedown Col Howes and Jack Dobbins on 18.
The second game of pairs saw David Stock, who returned after a lengthy stint in Sydney, team up with Keith Beetham to defeat the duo of Nik Fernbach and Paul Osborne 21-13.
Winners of the bowls money prize of $10 each were Barry Zillmann, Ken Ryder and Wally Gray.
The jackpot draw was a disappointment with no winners.
Once again the ladies day was not well attended because of matches at other clubs.
The few numbers that did attend weren’t sufficient to make a team so practice was the order of the day.
Business house bowls which is still in recess until April 30, has already seen a change in the Whitsunday Charter Yachts.
Although the team members remain the same, the group will return under the banner of Cold Rock.
Two members of the Bendigo Community Bank have taken the plunge into the big pool, playing Sunday Mixed Bowls for 21 ends last week.
With their new found experience, they should boost the Bendigo Bank performance in the Business House Bowls and give Porters Pounders a fright.
Friday afternoon which is not normally a bowling day, was bowled by eight members forming two games of pairs.
Eric Barnard and Nik Fernbach outlasted Domenico Sposato and Gary North 21-17.
Bruce Purdie and Margo Stanley scored 15 to narrowly defeat Maureen Barnard and Ken Ryder by one-point.
Friday night bowls hosted a competition between members of the Bald Eagles football team.
Teams were the Pirates, Gators, Vikings and the Shirtfronts.
Results from the night are unconfirmed but it’s certain all participants had a great time.
Sunday was a glorious day weather wise with 26 bowlers making for three games of tri- ples and one of fours.
Maureen Barnard, Domenico Sposato and Kevin Jewell proved too good for Louise Mahoney, Gary North and David Dias 17-7 in the first round of triples, joining Margaret Penhallurick, Rodney Graham and Margo Stanley as victors.
John Penhallurick, Dot Graham and Jo Howes put up a determined fight, but ultimately would succumb 15-9.
In the only game of fours Doreen Whitehouse, Margaret Heeney, Jill Spencer and Ken Ryder triumphed over Wally Gray, Ladda Purdie, Jenny Ryder and Col Howes 14-10.
The final match of triples saw Bruce Purdie, Keith Beetham and Paul Osborne take home the Easter chocolates 14-10 over Richard Whitehouse, Nik Fernbach and David Stock.
Patsy Black donated a monetary prize to be won on the anniversary of the death of her brother and former member Buddy (Robert) Holmes.
Holmes lived in Proserpine and was a dedicated member who continually volunteered his services to the Airlie Beach club.
The winner will also be bestowed the honour of holding the bowl and hand trophy for a year.
The Buddy Holmes Day is Sunday May 19.
Another memorial is being held on Friday, May 9 at 6pm in honour of a special member Judy McLaughlin, who passed away on January 3, 2014. Grandchildren Kerrie, Jeremy and Amelia are asking friends of Judy to help them celebrate her life on the green by playing one final game of bowls at her beloved club.
Those interested are urged to be at the club at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.
Another reminder that the Club Championships are being organised so men and ladies are asked to get thier names on the games sheets if interested in participating.
Names must be in by close of business.
Men’s B-grade pairs is due to start in two weeks and game sheets are on the club noticeboard.
Margo Stanley says there’s still time to get into the Saturday and Sunday June 7-8 Whitsunday’s Coast Four’s Carnival, with prizes worth $4,000 to be won.
For more information contact Margo Stanley on firstname.lastname@example.org or 4948 0444
EASTER BOWLS: Margo Stanley and Jill Spencer got into the spirit of Easter for the Airlie Beach Bowls Club's triples carnival on Sunday.