Commonwealth Games medallist Nathan Rice.
Commonwealth Games medallist Nathan Rice. Ryan Pierse

Fours Classic brings out best

THE Yeppoon Bowls Club greens may well be running slow after the recent soaking but the bowling action will be hot as the best-of-the-best battle it out in the most lucrative tournament in Central Queensland.

Yeppoon Bowls Club's Easter Fours Classic will once more be the highlight of the year's bowling calendar with over $27,000 in prizemoney and the cream of the nation's bowlers competing.

This year's Classic will be held over not three but two days – Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 as Easter Monday doubles as Anzac Day.

There is even the likelihood of games being completed under floodlight on Saturday as four games will be played and they are likely to finish at about 7.30pm. Three games will be contested on the Sunday.

Each year spectators enjoy the quality of bowls played with many of the big names of the sport regular attendees, sometimes as a team from outside Central Queensland and some joining a team of local bowlers.

In past years those to play at Yeppoon have included newly appointed national coach Steve Glasson, ABC commentator Ian Schuback, and Commonwealth Games medallist and recent winner of the Victorian Masters' Singles Nathan Rice.

Rice will again play at this year's event.

He is just one of a number of top line players which includes New Zealand's best bowler Rowan Brassey, a NZ international and multiple Commonwealth Games medallist and world title winner.

Then there is David Holt, an English International Singles and Pairs Champion and ranked in the top five of current players in Australia and Alexander (Ally) Forsythe who is the Current World Singles Champion.

The work done by greenkeeper Gary Turnbull, despite the very inclement weather over recent months, will ensure the best possible conditions for the event.

Today the club gives players an opportunity to get a feel of the greens with the staging of a mixed triples tournament.

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