Veterans exhibit a friendship of spirit

PCDBA Veteran Bowls continued on Thursday afternoon at Gladstone Bowls Club and Gladstone's gesture in making a rink available and welcoming the players was appreciated.

Arthur Sugden and John Baxter have gained a place in the semi finals by defeating Doug Reid and Bill Ellerton 25-13.

This was an interesting game, much closer than the scores indicated.

The winning team was able to convert shots when needed, while Reid and Ellerton had many near misses that could have made the scores closer. The game was played in a great spirit of fellowship. Sugden and Baxter play their semifinal against Ian Ramsay and Evan Hagedorn this afternoon. The other semifinal is between Wal Cooper, Bert Townsend and Dudly Owens and Wacko Arnold will also be played today.

The aim of these games is to provide competition in a social atmosphere between veterans with games arranged by mutual consent but some games have not yet been completed in the fours.

General consensus of veterans questioned are now in favour of time constraints being applied that may lead to forfeits if games are not played in a reasonable time.

These will be applied in future competitions, conditions of play commencing with the single competition when nominations are called.

Vale Colin Smith JACK, as he was known throughout the district, loved his bowls and fellowship with fellow bowlers and was a popular bowler and had been a member of several clubs.

His long and active bowls career, both on and off the greens began in Biloela where he was a business man and continued when he relocated to Gladstone.

Jack was the first President of Boyne Tannum Club. He became a member of Past Presidents, served a term as president and many years as branch treasurer and king of the raffles.

He and wife Una enjoyed travelling with the branch until what proved to be a terminal illness forced him from the greens.

We will be honoured to celebrate his life with his family at his farewell event this morning.

The branch extends its sincere condolences to Una and their loving family.

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