Monto bowls 'em over with hospitality
GUSTY winds over the weekend were not enough to put a dampener on the first ever Combined Presidents Day at Monto Bowls Club as 32 teams competed on a day of glorious sunshine.
Teams came from near and far to share in the day, including from Eidsvold, Binjour, Gayndah and Tansey.
Bundaberg's Across the Waves club bused over seven teams of four, led by Keith Jobling, a previous member of Monto and long time local from the Mulgildie area until he and his wife Jenny retired to Bundaberg several years ago.
"Many of the ATW members have a special affinity with our local Monto club and we always enjoy having them come for various carnivals and events,” Monto Bowls Club's Bronwyn Torrens said.
The bus picked up players from Gin Gin en route, and there were also a pair of players from Mt Morgan, one of them being former Monto member Kevin Fox.
"With all of these people, the Monto club was overflowing with laughter and enthusiasm for a great day,” Ms Torrens said.
"The maximum of 32 teams of four hit the greens for two games of 16 ends.”
Winners were awarded for home (Port Curtis district) bowlers and away bowlers.
Two Across the Waves teams were winners of the away prize, while Port Curtis District Lawn Bowls Association, skipped by Mt Larcom's Suellen Tappenden, and Monto Bowls Club, skipped by Jack Miller, were the home winners.
"The greens were running well and our thanks go to our local green keeper Rex Williams who does a great job preparing the greens and maintaining the club grounds,” Ms Torrens said.
Presidents Phyllis Williams and Barry Woodall welcomed all players to the club and thanked everyone for making the day so memorable for each of them.
Bruce Sellers from Gin Gin thanked the Monto presidents for their invitation to spend the day in Monto and said the Monto club members should be very proud they had hosted a very successful day and made everyone feel so welcome.
Calliope Bowls Club member Desieree Hindmarsh said it was a "super day”, with the bowls made more challenging by the gusty wind.