NANGILOC SEVEN FIELDS TOURNAMENT
IT was good to see a full green of seven rinks out at Nangiloc for the club's annual SevenFields-sponsored any combination fours over three games last Saturday.
The capacity attendance was especially pleasing in light of the fact that Nangiloc had to cancel some recent fund-raisers, either through bad weather or lack of entries.
Many players commented on the way the green had been brought 'back to life' after heavy rains (and some heavy traffic) in the 2016 season, and complimented voluntary greenkeeper Shane Moore for his ongoing work.
There were also some high words of praise for the amazing three-course meal dished up by a small band of volunteer helpers, cooks and kitchen crew. Honoured guests for the day included Nangiloc Bowls Club life members Sid and Margaret Groves, Jim Gibbs, and 15-time club champion Owen Giddings.
There were only three 3-game winners. Third-placed team, on 84 points, was the Irymple combination of Doug Watson (s), Trevor Flack, Janelle Watson and Colin Sheriff, while runners-up, on 89 points, were Owen Giddings (s), 'Butch' Pollock, Fred Bacon and Peter Bishop from Workers.
The major prizemoney went to a Workers combination of Neville Mitchell (s), Peter Mitchell, Graham Quaife (from Gisborne) and Sam Pupillo, with 90 points from their three comfortable wins.
Observers were impressed with the draw bowling skills of all four long-time bowlers, and singled out lead Sam Pupillo for getting the team off to some outstanding starts.
There were not too many ends when the team left skipper Neville without bowls in the head, and when he was needed, Neville played some excellent saving shots, as well as drawing a few valuable conversions.
The Mitchell brothers are joining a small group of Sunraysia bowlers to head to Queensland next month for the 2017 Australian Open, to be contested over all disciplines at 13 clubs on the Gold Coast.
As well as the singles, the brothers will compete in the pairs, and then team with Nangiloc's Alan Erskine and Southport's David Lenden to contest the fours.
Lenden is a New Zealand and Aussie bowls success story, having learned to play left-handed after losing his right arm (replaced with a hook) in a helicopter crash while serving in Vietnam in the late 60's.
He is also something of a legend in NZ fishing circles, having run commercial 'Captain Hook Fishing charters' for 13 years before deciding to bring his family to Australia.
AND THE WINNERS ARE...left to right, the Workers combination of Sam Pupillo, Peter Mitchell, Neville Mitchell and Graham Quaife, receiving their SevenFields-sponsorship prizemoney from Nangiloc match committee chairman Matty Andrews.