Enthusiasm for bowls a highlight
WITH the bowls year drawing to a close, resident scribe Arthur Sugden takes a look back at the year that was.
VETERAN bowlers have demonstrated they have not lost their enthusiasm, skills and competitive nature.
Their games are always played with exemplary fellowship and sportsmanship.
Singles, pairs and fours were contested and the total nominations reached 60.
This included some multiple nominations but shows strong support.
Clubs involved included Alumina, Gladstone, Calliope Country and Mount Larcom. Distances to 1770 and Biloela need to be solved so their veterans can compete.
Single nominations were eight and the final was won by John Baxter who defeated Wacko Arnold.
Ten pairs played in the pairs competition won by Dud Owens and Wacko Arnold with Ian Ramsay and Evan Hagedorn runners up.
Only eight teams competed in the Fours which was won by Tom Williams (sub for Col Tummon) Joe Kirwin, Brian Jenkinson and Col McClean who defeated Ian Ramsay, Arthur Sugden, Keith Damke and Evan Hagedorn.
Most games were closely contested. As an example, the semi-final of the singles between Brian Jenkinson and Wacko Arnold went to 37 ends before the necessary 25 shots were reached.
The PCDBA will make a Presentation Trophy ceremony at Gladstone Bowls Club November 24 during afternoon bowls. All veterans are invited to attend as well as new veterans and supporters.
Congratulations to all veterans who participated and their valuable co-operation, markers, umpires and all clubs, especially Gladstone who willingly made rinks available when required. It is hoped numbers will improve in 2006. Ideas will be appreciated.
Now numbers are increasing, it may be time to form a social club to expand activities.
During the year several Bowls Queensland veterans badges were presented and at least two superveterans ? over 80.
BOYNE/TANNUM Bowls Club highlights the successful Tsunami Charity night that raised $2000 as a great achievement.
The Club has had a successful years winning the champion Pennants Club for the Division and were unfortunate to be beaten by zone champions Moore Park.
The Club also won the Col Wenitong Memorial Shield again after being victors in 2004. The club will host it again in 2006.
The Fisho's breakfast and bowls every second morning is becoming as famous as chef Dusty.
The club entertained many southern visitors from the nearby caravan park and the challenge between the visitors and locals filled the greens.