Mareeba’s Open Fours and Men’s Championships
By Yvonne Vogler
Mareeba has had a busy couple of months, with their women’s (reported in the April 2022 Bowler) and men’s championships taking place, as well as the annual open fours event.
The open fours event saw sixteen self-selected teams of four from Mareeba, Dimbulah, Atherton, Yungaburra, Marlin Coast, Stratford, Cairns West and Edmonton, play four games of 12 ends.
Held on March 27, this annual competition is sponsored each year by The Graham Hotel. It is a game of open fours, played for cash prizes.
Mareeba is fortunate to have a world class lawn bowling venue with a shade covered carpet green and a well-kept lawn green, incorporated in the Cedric Davies Memorial Hub on Anzac Avenue.
A great day of bowls and fellowship was had by all, with some friendly family rivalry between first and third place getters. New skip, Marco from Atherton club, defeated his brother Ettore, a more experienced skip from Mareeba BC. Congratulations to the Atherton teams that claimed both first and fourth position and the two Mareeba teams that placed second and third.
In the men’s championships, Mareeba bowlers, father and son Vittorio and Ettore Tiraboschi claimed the men’s singles winner and runner-up titles for 2022.
The four bowl singles match was played on March 22, under the shade on the carpet green. This knock-out competition had 10 men rivalling to be this year’s men’s single champion.
• Round 1: Bob Pitson def Peter Soda, B. Lynne def Rob Brown.
• Round 2: Peter Stevens def Ivan Sayed, Vittorio Tiraboschi def Deryck Harrigan, Ettore Tiraboschi def Elio Crema, Barry Lynne def Bob Pitson.
• Round 3: Vittorio Tiraboschi def Peter Stevens, Ettore Tiraboschi def Barry Lynne.
Each player bowled their best in an attempt to win the honour of the title, but the Tiraboschi family came up trumps.
The Tiraboschi family are very keen bowlers and with mum Santina marking the game, they inched towards a result. Dad Vittorio held his nerve and beat the might of his son Ettore, with experience winning over youth.
The men’s pairs champions were also decided with Bob Pitson and Lorenzo Cadorin defeating Peter Soda and Barry Lynne.
Peter and Barry made up ground on the last few ends, being behind on the last end with a score of 19 to 20, but Bob and Lorenzo held on to win 21 to 19.