Russell Island Fours Attract Top Numbers
By Michael Verry
Russell Island Bowls Club held its annual Fours tournament on November 13-15. The event attracted a total of 16 teams of four (64 bowlers in total) from as far south as the Gold Coast, North to Caboolture and west to Tannymorel. For the first time this year we had more entries than rinks available.
The tournament commenced on the first day (Friday 13th) with an informal pairs game in the afternoon. The event got under way on Saturday with three games followed by two games on the Sunday. Visiting teams stayed on the island as we have no road access to the island from the mainland. All access is by water transport.
We had an entry from teenagers who have won national age group titles over the last two years. This team kept the older bowlers on their mettle, being third overall winners! Zayah Morgan is a local island resident who began bowling at 14 years of age. Unfortunately, to play amongst her peers, she had to join a mainland club. Members of this team have won state and national under-18 titles and Zayah is a member of the current best female team in Australia. The results showed bowling is for persons of all ages.
The weather was beautiful and the event was enjoyed by all.
The overall winners were the Victoria Point team skipped by Rob Kelsey. Second was the Caboolture team skipped by B Cough. Third was the teenage mixed team skipped by M Davis. Already 22 teams have indicated they would like to have one of the 16 spots available in the 2021 event.