Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Airlie Beach Bowls Report

The days are getting longer and warmer and most of our visitors have departed as spring is not far away, so Tuesday afternoon we welcomed John Langley from Rich River in Victoria whom with Betty Nicole were runaway winners and Lane Telford a great little bowler herself was proud as punch to receive the prestigious Health Hub award.

Wednesday afternoon Jackpot bowls expertly organised by Merve Stewart saw 27 bowlers vying for the prize money on offer where we said goodbye to Greg and Glenys Pepyat and Leon Wilson with Ken McAllister having their last game before beginning their journey home to Victoria and we look forward to seeing them again next year. Steve Cameron was the big winner of the day with his wife Alice delighted to take home the Health Hub award to end a wonderful visit to our tropical paradise.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw first round winners Tony Whitehorn, Gary Kiff, Mark Mawson and John Askew play the semifinal with Gary and Tony playing out the final with

Gary Kiff the winner of the day with the vivacious Karen Jenson taking home the B Grade award.

Sunday afternoon Social Bowls organised by Lyn Graham saw 24 bowlers vying for the winners prize and it was skipper Col Morris with young 14 year old Proserpine High School playing well beyond his years at lead with Maureen Barnard whom had just returned from a whirlwind tour of England with her husband Eric saying a quick farewell to Charlie and Camilla to perform brilliantly at second to take home the spoils , whilst Tony Whitehorn was delighted with winning the prestigious honour of the Health Hub award.

Finally, the 2023 Multi Disability Championships were played in Mackay and Russell Jackson won Gold in the pairs with Barry Lynne in the hearing impaired and Russell also won the hearing-impaired Singles Gold Medal whilst Col Morris and Noel Crosbie took home the bronze medals for the same pairs event.

It was our own Di Jackson who came fourth for our club in the Physically Impaired singles division and we are just so very proud of her efforts.

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

Noel Crosbie, Russell Jackson, and Col Morris whom brilliantly played for our little club. Photo supplied

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