Dave Olsen does his best to keep his team on track for a win in the Easter Classic at Yeppoon over the weekend.
Dave Olsen does his best to keep his team on track for a win in the Easter Classic at Yeppoon over the weekend. Allan Reinikka

Classic attracts best bowlers

YEPPOON Bowls Clubs Easter Classic attracts some of the best bowlers around, but few predicted the major cheque would be heading only as far as Bundaberg.

With the biggest prize bowl in the region on offer, competition is always tight, but when it came to the final rounds of play there were many of the big names among the also-rans.

Not that it was a concern to skip Tony Townson as he led his four to a memorable win.

Townson, who had Mitch McMullen, Brett Davis and Keith Baynton in his team, won six of the seven matches during the two-day tournament but could only be declared the winner after a countback.

Three teams shared the same number of wins while Townson also won 70 ends, something he shared with a team skipped by Geoff Brown.

However, when it came down to margins Townson was the winner by 27-10.

Two of the big names did manage to play up to the form expected of them.

Former England international David Holt was in the mix for the main prize with his team of local players, Mark Cashill, Dave Crothers and Steve Granville.

However, spokesman for Yeppoon Bowls Club, Ian Bow, said the Holt four faltered in their final game.

“David had won six games but then lost to Nathan (Rice),” he said.

The loss saw Holt finish third and Rice grab the fourth spot.

For the two top Kiwis in the tournament the news was not so good, with Rowan Brassey failing to make the top 10 and Ally Forsythe also unable to make an impact.

“All the bowlers enjoyed playing with them (big names) even if they were a bit intimidated to start with,” Bow said.

However, it was not just about the big names at the event.

“Everyone went away happy and they all said they will return next year,” he added.

“The committee did a great job.”

The greens played well although a little slow after the recent heavy rainfall with the one directly outside the clubhouse slightly quicker at the start of the event.

“They evened themselves out towards the end of the second day,” Bow said.

Bow said the bowlers also enjoyed playing under lights on Saturday.

YEPPOON EASTER CLASSIC

Men’s Fours played Saturday and Sunday

1: Tony Townson, Mitch McMullen, Brett Davis, Keith Baynton.

2: Geoff Brown, Kevin Collins, Greg Brown, Chris Bird.

3: David Holt, Mark Cashill, Dave Crothers, Steve Granville.

4: Nathan Rice, Rick Roser, Brian Churstain, Peter Halloran



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