Team's winning drive secures spot in bowls carnival

BOWL-OFF: Players travelled from as far as Gympie and Sunnybank to take part in the Charleville lawn bowls carnival over the long weekend.
BOWL-OFF: Players travelled from as far as Gympie and Sunnybank to take part in the Charleville lawn bowls carnival over the long weekend. Contributed

MAY Day celebrations got under way at the Charleville Bowls Club with the 39th edition of its annual carnival.

Teams made their way from Sunnybank in Brisbane, Gympie, Miles, Roma, Quilpie and Cunnamulla to compete in an event that is famed for its hospitality.

Bowls club treasurer Jason Sullivan said the club hosted 18 teams of four players.

Miles got ahead fast on the scoreboard and never turned back, leading the whole way to the cash prize presentation where they received $2000.

The runners-up, a mixed team of Toowoomba and Roma players, took home $1000.

A Charleville/Chinchilla team took out third position and $500.

"It was really good weather for bowls,” Sullivan said.

"There were a couple dominant teams who led all the way.”

The competition saw a cross-section of generations compete and socialise. Player ages ranged from young 30s to 70.

"It has been promoted to the younger generation,” Sullivan said.

"They see it as a competitive game and there is also the social aspect.”

Two games were played on Saturday, followed up with night time live music and country Queensland hospitality that Sullivan said continues to draw back the city players.

"We are promoted as the best carnival in the west and a lot of players cannot believe the service we put on,” he said.

"We keep them well fed and the have the largest prizemoney at a western carnival.

"People keep coming back.”

On Sunday, three games were played and prizemoney collected.

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