LAWN BOWLS: Players compete at the Chinchilla Bowls Club carnival on Saturday.
LAWN BOWLS: Players compete at the Chinchilla Bowls Club carnival on Saturday. Brooke Duncan

120 players drawn to bowls carnival

LAWN BOWLS: Bowlers from all over Queensland have converged on Chinchilla for the Chinchilla Lawn Bowls Club Carnival.

The event, held over the weekend, featured 120 bowlers every day, all vying for top spot.

Chinchilla Bowls Club's Jim Donnelly said there were competitors coming from Charleville and the coast.

"I know we've got one player coming from as far as Charleville, we got people from the coast, Roma, Woombye, you name it, our own district, Tara, Dalby, we just get people from everywhere that come here, and it's a very popular carnival, we tend to have a very, very big weekend and it's a really good competition, it's a really tough one to win, put it that way.”

The carnival, Donnelly explained, is both an income stream to help support the club, and a great way to play against other talented competitors.

"Apart from revenue, it's really good for your bowls to bowl against better players, because you're always, it's one of those games where it seems simple, you only have to get it so far and as close as you can to this white thing, but it is a really hard thing to do,” he said.

"Wind is a factor, the type of bowls you bowl, the surface that you're on, so we're really lucky and one of the reasons this carnival is so popular is because of these greens - because they're so good, we played on some synthetic greens earlier this year in a district sides competition and that's just another world of different, so having grass greens, we're lucky.

"(The carnival) is a huge benefit to us, and plus a lot of these people have return carnivals and we go to their carnivals and then they come to ours and we all support each other,” Donnelly said.


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