Bowls becomes colourful treat
AS appeared in yesterday’s The Morning Bulletin, the main prize from the Yeppoon Bowls Club Easter Classic went to the south of the state in the back pocket of Bundaberg skip Tony Townson.
As a spectator on Saturday it was not just the quality of bowls that caught the eye but the spectacular colours that are so much a part of the sport.
When I did take part in the sport on Thursday Island there were a couple of patterned shirts, while the bowls were predominantly black.
Those days are gone and as Yeppoon club organiser Ian Bow stated, the attire is closer to that of limited-over cricketers.
With the Easter Classic attracting nominations from many centres, it was as if bowlers were trying to outdo one another to be the most colourful on the greens.
Also, no longer do bowlers have to play around looking for a strange motif etched on their black bowl, as every colour imaginable is now grouped around the jack.
On a beautiful weekend, like Yeppoon provided for the Easter Classic, it all adds up to a fascinating and entertaining spectacle.
What never changes is the banter.
Let’s hope that remains for years to come.
Regular correspondent Norm Bethell has swapped the infamous “pork pie hat” for a safety helmet and has taken his ample body to work at the mines for the next few months.