Fes­ti­val of Bowls in Garfield

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORT -

Garfield Bowl­ing Club held its an­nual Christ­mas Fes­ti­val of Bowls be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

This is a se­ries of four sep­a­rate tour­na­ments over four days. With many peo­ple play­ing in all four, it is a test of stamina and en­durance.

Four more dif­fer­ent days of weather you couldn’t get in a row – 36 de­grees on the first day through to rain on the last day, but all days were played and en­joyed by teams from as far afield as Karin­gal and Mor­well.

The first day saw the mixed fours com­pe­ti­tion, with a packed green play­ing in swel­ter­ing heat. The or­gan­is­ers took pity on the play­ers and aban­doned the third game, much to ev­ery­one’s re­lief.

Nev­er­the­less, a strong field saw a good com­pe­ti­tion, won by Mick Knight’s team from Car­dinia Wa­ter. Run­ners-up were the team from Keys­bor­ough led by Rus­sell Matthews. They were due to play each other in the third game.

As a re­sult of the heat on the first day, a num­ber of teams pulled out of the three bowl pairs com­pe­ti­tion on the sec­ond day, leav­ing a field of only 12 sides.

With a bit of overnight shuf­fling of the draw by the or­gan­is­ers, a good game was had by those par­tic­i­pat­ing. How­ever, one team failed to ar­rive and club pres­i­dent Damian Brick and sec­re­tary Gordon Moxey were roped in to fill the hole.

They did more than just fill the hole, they won the day for the home club. Run­ners-up were the team of Pat and Avril Steere from Berwick.

The third day was for the three bowl triples and fi­nally the weather saw fit to co­op­er­ate, pro­vid­ing a pleas­ant 27 de­grees.

The or­gan­is­ers threw a twist into the mix, ar­rang­ing to play four games of eight ends, rather than the nor­mal three games of 10 ends.

The win­ner on the day was the team of David McArthur, David Cor­ri­gan and skip Gary Wastell from Berwick. Run­ners-up were a scratch team of Mar­garet Rat­cliffe from Clay­ton, who, hav­ing en­tered as a sin­gle en­try was part­nered with Mal­colm Ne­wham and Adrian Hel­muth, both from Garfield; a cred­itable per­for­mance for play­ers who had never played to­gether.

The last day of com­pe­ti­tion saw on and off patches of rain over most of the day. De­spite this, the re­silient bowlers man­aged to com­plete the four games, with a small ad­just­ment for time lost.

Over­com­ing the weather and their op­po­nents were the even­tual win­ners, Gary Wastell and David McArthur from Berwick. Run­ners up, just squeak­ing in by a hair, was the team of Reg Mat­tingly and Des Leigh from Pak­en­ham. They just edged out the only other three game win­ner on the day, broth­ers Trevor and Neville Kitchin from Lang Lang and Koo Wee Rup.

Garfield Bowl­ing Club thanked all the par­tic­i­pants who made the tour­na­ments pos­si­ble.

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