Friends from city and bush unite on green

BOWLS : As the final bowl was rolled at the Biggenden Bowls Club’s Men’s Fours Carnival on Sunday, only three points separated the top three teams.

The overall winners were the Nanango team of Brian Havell, Lew Saunders, John McDonald and Mike Smith followed by the Doonvilla rink comprising Arnie Hartwig, Peter Stephensen, Kevin Paxton and Pat Davies as runners up.

Third place was taken out by the Mundubbera team of Dave Allen and Margaret Rowles along with Biggenden players of Spiro and Leo Heaton.

Teams visited from Maryborough Services, Urangan, Nanango, Maryborough, Tansey, Goomeri, Proston, Wondai, Gayndah, Binjour, Mundubbera, Durong and joined with Biggenden teams to make a full green.

Biggenden club president Greg Vicary said it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

“It is an opportunity to catch up with my great friends who hail from the city to the bush,” he said.

“All rinks remarked it was the best food of any bowls club.”

For Doon Villa’s Pat Davies it was his first day back at Biggenden since his best mate John Cornie died.

He said he was overseas at the time and didn’t get back for the funeral of the club stalwart.

“Fifty years ago at the age of 20, John gave me my first set of bowls,” Mr Davies said.

So great was their friendship each year Mr Davies would bring a bus load of bowlers to Biggenden to play for the Cormie-Davies Shield.

Former pharmacy owner John O’Rourke returned with his Urangan team to win the second game crown.

He said the day was a lot of fun and believed his team could have won the sledging award.

Third game winners, Trevor Randall described his rink as a team of scrubbers.

“We were a last-minute inclusion when Eidsvold pulled out,” he said.

Other results: Round winners: Game 1: W Fainges, R Schinider, B Sippel, K Fainges (Goomeri).

Game 2: G Dean, R King, J O’Rourke and A Litzow (Urangan).

Game 3: Trevor Randall, Dave Maxwell, Bevan Wade and Steve Williams (Biggenden).

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