Greens from ear to ear
THE sixth Smiley's Weekend Bowls Carnival on August 27 and 28 at Miriam Vale Bowls Club was a huge success.
Alan Ferris, known to most as Smiley, died on August 2, this year, aged 82.
He was a founding member of the Miriam Vale Bowls Club which opened on November 30, 1958.
Smiley won his first A-grade singles in the year of the opening.
Smiley's weekend started in honour of celebrating his 50th year since winning his first match.
This year was special for all of those involved.
Sixteen teams travelled to participate in what has now become Smiley's Memorial Weekend.
There were teams from Binjour, Gayndah, Maryborough, Howard, Moura, Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Miriam Vale.
To mark the start of the weekend Smiley's grandson Kurt Ferris took to the centre of the green with his grandad's hat on, rolling one of Smiley's bowls down to the other end of the green.
As of this year, teams now play for the inaugural trophy in memory of Smiley.
This year's winning team was Gladstone comprising Peter Osborn, Eddie Whiteside, Trevor Neilson and Lorrie Miller.
Dave Olsen, Vicki Olsen, Dennis Lockwood and Janine Lockwood finished second.
Mick Barbler, Sue Barbler, Brody Kirk and Adrian Guest finished third and Marco Crupi, Jo Cuthbertson, XE and Jeff Geekee finished fourth.
Peter Bennet, Warrick Bellett, Tiffany Murry and John Miller won the last round.
The Ferris Family thanks those who made the weekend special and thanks the sponsors, Miriam Vale Capricornia Bank, Miriam Vale Hotel, Bororen Hotel, Queens Hotel,Trevor Neilson Painters and Decorators, and Lozzalec.