PHILLIP Island Bowls Club’s 23rd Carnival, held from April 23 to May 1 was an outstanding success, featuring nine days of great bowls and in great weather conditions, with the exception of a couple of minor rain interruptions on Friday and the final Sunday.
More than 500 bowlers representing 60 clubs competed for total prize money of $10,000.
The highlight of carnival was Neville Brown winning the Judith Wright Stockdale & Leggo Singles Championship for the fourth time, a feat that is unlikely to be achieved again in the foreseeable future.
It was a pleasant surprise to see much of the prize money retained by Island members.
Saturday, April 23: Bendigo Bank 3 Bowls Pairs; winners Dave Dunstan and Mike Cooper from Yallourn. Runners-up John Newcombe and Kevin Brown from Phillip Island.
Sunday, April 24: Sapphire Care 2-4-2 Pairs; winners John Newcombe from Phillip Island and John Crewdson from City Of Mornington. Runners-up Wayne Frazer and Joel Elkom from Burden Park.
Monday, April 25: Bass Coast Mechanical & Towing Services Pairs; winners Bruce Richards from Mentone and John Taborski from Clayton. Runners-up were Mick Coram and Frank Seaton from Inverloch.
Tuesday, April 26: Focus On Lifestyle Triples; winners Don Dodds from Burden Park, Russell Taylor from Phillip Island and Margaret Beechey from Burden Park. Runners-up were Des Stephens, Brian Barby and John Vickerman from Warragul.
Wednesday to Friday, April 27 to 29: Judith Wright Stockdale & Leggo Singles Championship; winner Neville Brown from Heathmont; runner-up Peter Forrest from Phillip Island; third Mark Atkinson from Drouin and fourth Russell Taylor from Phillip Island.
Saturday, April 30: South Gippy Quarries, Paint Place and Priceline Pharmacy Fours; winners were the team from Talbot namely Mildew, Fletch, Zigger and Lozz; runners-up Keith Beresford and Ray Pitts from Ringwood, Bill Francis and Graham Cornell from Phillip Island.
Sunday, May 1: Bendigo Bank and Resting Toucher Morning Pairs; winners Dennis Jaffe and Garry Billing from Waverley Golf; runners-up David Bloom from Mitcham and Garry King from Mentone.
Sunday, May 1: Bendigo Bank and Resting Toucher Afternoon Pairs; winners Stuart Cunningham and John Simmonds from Upwey Tecoma; runners-up David Bloom from Mitcham and Garry King from Mentone.
The club thanks the many sponsors that support the carnival along with the competitors, both regulars and new arrivals.
The effort from club members to get behind this carnival ensures its continued success with a special mention to the kitchen helpers, greens staff, bar attendants and the event organisers.
500 bowlers at Island carnival