Surat's Alan Murray and Roma's Elaine Taylor with Quilpie locals Jocelyn and Gavin Haylock at the bowls day.
Surat's Alan Murray and Roma's Elaine Taylor with Quilpie locals Jocelyn and Gavin Haylock at the bowls day.

Weather holds for Quilpie bowls

Teams flocked from throughout the south-west to take part in the annual Quilpie Bowls day, held at the Quilpie Bowls Club at the weekend.

Fourteen teams comprised of four players each took to the green during the two-day event for the chance to be crowned the competition winner.

Players travelled from as far afield as Longreach and Nanango for the competition, which had been booked out months in advance.

Through a stroke of luck, the bad weather didn't halt proceedings, with all Saturday games finished before the wet weather hit Quilpie overnight.

The bowlers returned bright and early, resuming play at 8am on Sunday on a slightly damp lawn.

The sun broke through during the afternoon and with the combination of a barbecue and live music, the spectators and participants enjoyed the final games of the competition.

Bowls co-ordinator Dave Paulsen said they had early interest in the event and the weekend was enjoyable for all.

"It was a raving success, I'd say. We had teams from far and wide and the carnival was full - must mean we were doing something right,” Paulsen said.

"A composite team from Nanango, Murgon and Wondai won the competition. They head out every year and it helps that they are great bowlers.

"They never lost a game, so they were very consistent in their play and I would say the team of the tournament.

"It rained most of Saturday night, so the pitch was a little wet on Sunday but we still got the carnival finished up, so we were all happy with that.

"It was great hosting the competition this year in our newly refurbished club. It's recently been painted and we did get a $30,000 grant to put a new shade system around the green.

"We've concreted in some seating, so all these things helped to improve the event for the players and spectators.”

The mixed team from Nanango, Wondai and Murgon won, with a Longreach team taking second and a local Cunnamulla team coming in third.


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