Close bonds in bowls

LET'S  hope Ray and Eileen play good bowls this weekend otherwise there could be friction in the Cavanagh household.

The pair form half of a Rockhampton Bowls Club four entered in the two-day Capricorn Credit Union Mixed Fours tournament, where they team up fellow club members Peter Lawton and Nola Thomas. Ray will be skip, but feels that places a little bit of extra pressure on him.

“If I don't play well it will be a matter of whether I'm asked to play again next year,” he joked.

The skip admits he enjoys the Mixed Fours, especially in the format used at this tournament where team members play their shots in rotation of male and then female.

Although neither Ray nor Eileen would be drawn on whether they are a favourite among the 16 teams to take the prizemoney, one certainty is club president Len Schofield will not be among those awaiting a pay out.

Schofield misses this one and that will be a relief to all of the teams which have entered from the Yeppoon, North Rockhampton, Diggers and Gracemere clubs, as well as the host club, as he is always a pre-tournament favourite for victory.

What with having no entry himself, Schofield can be more objective about the chances of others in the competition.

“The competition will be very strong, any one of the 16 teams has an equal chance of winning,” he said,

Last year North Rockhampton's Phil Jackson took the major prize and his four will be back for a second helping.

Representing the sponsor at a pre-tournament get-together this week was Capricorn Credit Union credit manager Damian Chapman.

Although able to lay claim to a mean bowl, Chapman admitted he was not up to entering a competition of such high level.

“I used to play at Victoria Park, but just socially,” he admitted.

“I've watched a few of these bowlers and they are really very good.”

Competition begins at 9am on Saturday with each team playing three games of 18 ends, and Sunday will have a similar start time with teams playing two games of 18 ends.

Schofield said spectators are welcome to attend and enjoy two days of top-class bowling.



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