Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Airlie Beach Bowls Report

As the days get longer and warmer and another spring is approaching our little club has had some amazing success and some wonderful events.

Last Tuesday we celebrated the life of our club patron Thelma Porter who died at the ripe old age of 105.

Thelma loved her bowls and played up to when she reached 100 years old and could've played on, and on Tuesday we all celebrated her long and full life with an event a wonderful turnout and her daughter Lane Telford put up the prize money for the first three winning teams.

Third place went to the team of Betty Whitehorn at skipper, with Eva McMahon whom returned to visit the club again and played brilliantly at second with Mark Mawson at lead.

Second best team on the day was ably led by skipper Tony Kelly whom with recently returned from her overseas tour and Maureen Barnard with Di Jackson.

Whilst the winners of the tournament were Tony Whitehorn at skipper with Lane Telford at second making her mother proud and the most impressive performance of the cheeky Dawn Dowell at lead, whilst Mark Mawson took home the prestigious Health Hub award. A great day was had by all.

The final of the Mens A Open singles was also played and it was Alan Pershouse with a fantastic exhibition of draw bowls beat a gallant Harry Quad in a nail biter and thus a new king was crowned, well done Alan.

Saturday morning Scroungers saw first round winners Betty Whitehorn, Karen Jensen, Ted Cullen and John Matterson, with Betty and John playing for the Round 7 prize in a close match it was John Matterson who took home the prize, with Mark Mawson the Group B winner.

Next Sunday afternoon will be the inaugural Memorial Day to celebrate the life of recently departed Nik Fernbach

Contributed with thanks to Mark Mawson.

The winning team from Tuesdays Thelma Porter day Tony Whitehorn with Dawn Dowel and Lane Telford. Photo supplied

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