Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Airlie Beach Bowls Report

We have had a great deal of rain this winter, however here at our little club the precipitation was in the form of tears as we lost one of the greats on Thursday night when our own Nik Fernbach finally succumbed to the big C and passed away sadly on Thursday night.

Nik was a true gentleman and a wonderful clubman, helping all the new players find their feet and a multiple club champion with too many titles to write about including Champion of Champions titles as well.

Nik was a former architect and came to our club in 2013 and was admired by one and all.

He never complained about his illness, and always had a big smile beaming from his fabulous heart of gold and had a fantastic ‘never give in’ attitude.

Words cannot express the huge loss and void that we all will miss without his presence at our little family club.

The district has lost a true champion with one of the club’s legends, one of nature's wonderful gentlemen gone but will never ever be forgotten by all his friends at the ABBC.

We all will be thinking about his beautiful family that he has left behind and we all will be left lamenting his absence.

Vale Nik Fernbach.

Tuesday afternoon bowls saw the team of Tony Whitehorn with Pip Heddles at lead and Alan Pershouse at second easily account for the rest of the field with an effortless victory, with Col Morris taking home the prestigious Health Hub Award.

Sunday afternoon saw Betty Whitehorn as skipper lead her team of Demika Quip at lead showing her enormous potential with Keith Bates at second comfortably account for the rest of the players with a commanding performance, whilst Dawn Dowell take home the prestigious Health Hub award.

Finally, the Champion of Champions Mens Pairs was being played at the Marian Bowls Club, with a fantastic win by our own Manny Isgro and Harry Quod with a great victory over Seaforth in the final.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Our Champion bowler Nik Fernbach. Photo supplied

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