Last Bonney Trophy ends an era

THE Bonney Trophy was played for the last time at Gladstone Bowls Club on Tuesday.

Unfortunately this ends an era of closely contested, but friendly competition begun in 1988. The donors, Clive and Ivy Bonney, were owners of the first shopping centre in Toolooa Street.

Both enthuastic sporters and bowlers on and off the greens donated a trophy to lady bowlers for interdivision competition to develop the standard of ladies' bowls. Originally competition was between six districts from Bundaberg to Mackay. This year only two divisions, Port Curtis and Central Queensland, were nominated. The format was a single player, a pairs team and a fours team who had won association championships.

The 2005 victors were Central Queensland and who won the first competition in November 1988

A committee meeting decided that Central Queensland would hold the trophy for one year and then it would be rerurned to Port Curtis for safe keeping.

Singles: Mona Owen(CQ) defeated Karron Hunt PCD-Pairs: Gloria Thring, Jenny Combes (CQ) defeated Kay Thomas, Pat Andrew (PCD).

Fours: Dora Lowe, Hilda Davidson, Chris McIntosh, Joan Stockbridge (PCD) defeated E. Diamond, Dawn Berry, Margaret Comingham (CQ).

Gladstone President, Mary Hick welcomed all visiting bowlers, officials, assistants and spectators.

Representing Port Curtis were president Pat Andre, secretary, Shirley Paul, treasurer Koan Stockbridge, assistant Mavis Graham, games director Lauren Strandquist and from Central Queensland: President Loraine Reis, patron Joyce Walters, vice president Von Tregar and their treasurer.

Senior vice president Margaret Givan congratulated all participants and the winners and thanked the Gladstone ladies for their warm friendship and providing such wonderful refreshments.

Thanks to a lady bowler with a sense of history (Iris Unie) I have two copies of an Observer photo headed 'PC Ladies compete for Bonney Shield' and Bowls comp great success.

Ladies who competed in the inaugural Bonney Trophy at the Boyne Tannum Country Club on Thursday, November 17, 1988 were Mavis Graham, Joyce Wright, Dot Schubert, Kay Barton, Iris Unie, Gwen Ward, Dell Blomfield, Chris McIntosh.

Chris McIntosh played in the first and last game: Quite a feat.

Clive Bonney and wife Ivy, formerly of Gladstone and now living on the Sunshine Coast, said the green ran well and even in the very windy conditions.

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