Visiting bowlers win pairs comp
BOWLS: Travelling couple Harley Ryan and Donna Mulder won the $300 prize open two-bowl pairs game after stopping by Monto Bowls Club in their motorhome on Friday.
The pair are from Newcastle, New South Wales, home of the current ladies champion Natasha Scott.
Though they represent Raymond Terrace Bowling Club when they play, they've lived on the road for six years.
They stopped in on the day of the open comp before the main event and managed to walk away winning three out of three games.
"We always stay at the bowls club and have a game with the locals and support the smaller towns,” Mulder said.
"This is the first time we've been to Monto but I'm sure we'll be back.
"It's a fantastic little town with some lovely company and they've certainly made us feel very welcome.”
Ryan has been bowling for 35 years and got Mulder into it seven years ago.
"It was a good day, the competition was good and it was almost as full as the weekend,” he said.
Though the main event was exclusively a men's game, the open pairs match let the women have a go.
Ms Mulder said: "It was mostly men, so it's nice when us girls can get in there and beat the boys.”
It was a much simpler game overall compared to the grand carnival that followed at the weekend.
First prize was $300, second prize was $100.
Monto Bowls Club secretary Jack Muller likened it to a warm-up for the main event.
"It was a different competition where anyone, male or female could play a game of pairs,” Muller said.
"You could get people who played on Friday who weren't playing on the weekend.”
On the second day of the big $10,000 Open Fours Men's Carnival, Harley substituted with Damien Rideout's team, which won eighth place with a score of three wins, one draw and 49 points.