Far flung bowlers win big

Gayndah's bowls club welcomes players for the annual Open Pairs carnival. (Picture: Julian Lehnert)

by Julian Lehnert

Players from over half a dozen towns in Queensland and New South Wales flocked to Gayndah’s bowls club last weekend to test their mettle in the annual Open Pairs Carnival.

With a combined prize pool of $1440, the two-day competition brought men and women, young and old into town to compete in teams of two.

Terri and Kurt Ferris from Miriam Vale near Gladstone took home the first place prize, scoring+90 over five wins and earning $700.

Local bowler Ashley Harris and his teammate Colin Hayes from Goondiwindi were runners-up with +86 over four wins, winning $400 for their efforts, while third place and $200 went to father-and-son team Neil and Bob Chauvier from Tansey with +90 over four wins.

The club also awarded the highest score in the last game with $140, which went to local duo Damian Harris and Rob Slack.

Players came from Dalby, Maryborough, Binjour and even Urunga in New South Wales – an eight-hour drive across the border – to compete in Gayndah.

Club secretary Chris Prygoda has been working hard to keep the club Covid-19-compliant, updating safety measures every week and making sure that her far-flung patrons observe the guidelines.

“It’s been hard work, but we’re pulling through,” Ms Prygoda said.

The Gayndah Bowls Club’s next competition will be an Open Triples Carnival in December, followed by an Open Fours contest in February and another Open Triples one in March next year.