Teams from right around the region turned out for the BMA Invitational Men’s Fours.
Teams from right around the region turned out for the BMA Invitational Men’s Fours. Photo Terry Hill

Bowls team reigns supreme

RAY Harmsworth and his bowls team from Longreach know no limits.

The western outfit not only claimed its second consecutive title at the BMA Invitational Men’s Fours in Emerald at the weekend, but also etched their names with a fearsome reputation having never lost a game at the tournament in four years.

“We thought we were a chance but you never know, it was pretty good competition,” Ray said.

The champion Longreach unit head east to Yeppoon for their next tournament which Ray expects to be “even harder again”.

Close to 80 players turned out for Emerald’s two-day contest including six local sides with three rounds played on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Third place came down to the wire with Ben Coombes and his team from Rockhampton edging out Mackay on a count back. The next best Emerald side came in at sixth place led by skipper Brian Herberte.

Emerald Men’s Bowls president Phil Jarvis said there was some stiff competition out on the greens, making a tough run for his Emerald battlers.

“We would be out in front with 10 ends to go, then by the end of it we would be behind, that’s just how it goes,” he said.

The saviour for the home teams came in the form of the top weekend round winners of Rob Whelan, Alan Crampton and Jimmy Dunsby – all of Emerald.

The pockets of local bowler Billy Irivine are well and truly lined after pocketing first, second and third in the Calcutta.

However it was unclear how much of that remained after Billy reportedly offered a large portion of the winnings over the bar later that evening.

Jarvis said it was a fantastic turnout from the local contingent with nearly all playing club members competing at the weekend.

The attention now turns to the final two weeks in the Mercantile Bowls, with a major prize still to be decided based on a winning aggregate from all rounds in the series.

“It should be interesting, we just have to hope this weather holds off,” Jarvis said.

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