Tara Fours Battle
By Matthew Prain
The green was a sea of colour as teams from Roma, Geebung, Brighton, Woombye, Toowoomba, Dalby, Meandarra, Taroom, Chinchilla and Miles, along with a couple of local teams, recently battled it out for supremacy in the bush.
For the second year running, the strong composite outfit of Shaun Keipe (South Tooowoomba), Graeme “Bogga” Kath (Dalby), Norm Head (North Toowoomba) and Nathan Appleton (Dalby) edged out the local outfit of Joel Smith, John Smith, Jim Smith and Matthew Prain to take bragging rights.
In third place was the well-travelled Geebung crew of Billy Hipwood, Hone Hubbard, Barry Rablin and Iain Gibb, while Chinchilla’s David Jones, Sam Roberts, Ken Dolbel and Smiley Beard finished fourth on a count-back.
Saturday winners were the pre-carnival favourites Robert Hammond (Roma/Dalby), Jimmy Keleher (Taroom), Stephen Savage (Dalby) and Delacey Kehl (Taroom) with Sunday spoils going to another team who travelled a long way in Woombye, with Howard Riach, Nev Kuskopf and Peter Young popular winners.
The biggest cheer was reserved for yet another local team, the Stormbirds, with Lenny Wright, Cliffy Brauer, Laurie Boardman and Billy Russell collecting the “Most Improved” trophy.
Carnival organisers would like to thank all who played a part in making the weekend a great success. From the sponsors to the Tara Café who prepared sumptuous meals, the volunteer cleaners, BBQ cooks, volunteer bar staff, green keeper Jim Smith (who prepared an outstanding surface), but most of all the players! Bowls is very much alive and thriving in the bush!