THEY ditched the annual cricket game for lawn bowls during this year’s Country Music Festival and that made it a whole lot easier.
No more chasing red balls around a hot oval. Rather, just roll a few up and if they missed they landed in the ditch and were easily retrieved.
Because plenty did run into the rinks’ sides, South Tamworth Bowling Club’s chief guru Phil Johnson confirmed.
“Almost Magic” Johnson had to laugh at the sporting prowess exhibited by almost all the players taking part in the charity bowls day at South during the Festival.
“Did anyone show any ability?” was The Leader’s leading question.
“None at all,” a truthful AM Johnson replied.
“No ability whatsoever,” in a tone reminiscent of John Cleese and his Monty Python buddies.
“Apart from the mayor (Col Murray) and Dobe (Newton) of course. They play a bit. The rest were horrible but they did enjoy the bacon and egg breakfast.
“That Dobe is a funny bloke too. He organised the fundraiser and he’s not bad on the green.
“He is the president of his local bowling club at Fitzroy in Victoria as well.”
Phil is hoping Dobe, Col and the rest of the crew can bowl up a bigger social storm next year.
In the meantime he’s organising the CNDBA’s Bowler of the Year, a bold initiative to help promote the CNDBA bowling clubs, starting with the Willow Tree club’s State 4s this weekend.