Tony Gibson's great shot

Scroungers the perfect way to begin lawn bowls

WHO knew the green was where you would hear so much banter?

That's exactly the case at the Mackay Bowling Club every Thursday afternoon.

The club plays "scroungers", which is a less formal version of lawn bowls.

Club president Tony Gibson said the format was a great way for people new to the game to begin.

"There's a lot of banter involved, it's very social bowls but it really helps your draw bowls," he said.

"It's for people learning to play and for those improving their draw bowls.

"The competition is second fiddle, it's all about getting better."

About 25 people usually play scroungers every Thursday afternoon, Gibson said.

Usually the competition is played in "mufti" dress, which means players can wear casual clothes.

Yesterday the club had one of its biggest scrounger events of the year - the Del Doyle Memorial Day.

The event is named after one of the club's bowlers who helped bring the format to the club.

Gibson said Doyle and Bill Taylor were the driving forces of the format, which had been played at the club for about 20 years.

Scroungers is played individually.

The three closest bowls score points and there are penalties for bowls landing in the ditch.

"The first in front after 20 ends, we play a little semi-final and final after that," Gibson said.

Gibson said bowls was normally associated with older people and probably always would be.

However, he said scroungers drew a slightly younger group of people to the green.

To play scroungers phone the club on 4957 3571 or come to the club on Nebo Road.

Games start at 1.50pm.



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