Lengthy celebrations

By Casey O'Connor

The Melbourne Cup celebrations at the Southern Downs Bowls club must have been that good that their news went via Melbourne and missed the start in last week’s Spin.

I understand that on Cup Day Cathy Hankinson, Steve Tyter and Kim Hankinson fell at the last hurdle (or was it most of them). That allowed Cheryl Wickham, Joe Torrisi and Bill Lee to gallop away with a 15-12 win.

Allan Davidson and Daryl Busch didn’t saddle up at all well and had a rough ride. They were beaten to the post by Wayne Foster and Clark Davidson. Bookmakers said to be keen on the 25 -12 score line.

Cheryl Wickham, Robyn Davidson and Bill Lee helped Verry Elleegant to her victory after drawing the mare in sweeps. Val Gray and Kim Hankinson were on the favourite and were forced to settle for second while Allan Davidson had the third placegetter. Billy Lee and Cheryl Wickham produced the best riding home two horses at the same time. Full of tricks that pair.

On the Thursday immediately after the Cup, Val Gray and Barry Heffernan were still powering along finishing strongly in the home straight to score a 14-10 win over Kev Seaby and Brian Bourke in their social game.

This week everyone has settled, and their horses are spelling but the hi jinx’s at the Southern Downs continued last week with Turkey Triples.

Despite a forecast predicting rain everything went well with games able to be played almost without interruption. A minor shower for a few minutes the only dampener.

Dave Scotney’s Southern Cross team was on fire winning the day combining with his team of Cate Gardner and Bill Lee. The Tannymorel team of Ron Philps, Grumpy and Geoff Creighton were the runner’s up.

Kim Hankinson is unlikely to be going hungry after winning the Criterion Hotel meal vouchers together with Les Clarke and Barry Ziebell.

Taking home raffle prizes were Ossie McPaul, Brian Black, Les Clarke, Barry Ziebell and Geoff Creighton. Another great Turkey-day and special thanks to all of the volunteers

Eight teams of pairs played on Saturday night for the Bevin Hartley Shield with Peter Lovelock and Clark Davidson somehow coming away the winners. It did not go unnoticed that Thea Francis and Brian Bourke with the help of a gusty wind, blew away Allan Davidson and John Johnson only allowing them to score just one point.

Today, Thursday (18 November) the club is hosting Social Mixed Bowls beginning 1pm. To book your spot please call Val Gray on 0409 611 930 or be at the club by 12.30pm to get a game.

this Saturday (20 November) Social Mixed Bowls starting at 1pm. Once again be at the club by 12.30pm or contact Clark (0427 673 277). A reminder that visitors and beginners are very welcome.

Southern Cross Bowls Club Date Claimer – Bowls, Christmas Meal and $1000 raffle draw.

Saturday 11 December. Bowls start at 1pm.

For barefoot bowls, social and competition bowls, functions and bar, it is hard to go past the Southern Cross Bowls Club Inc. located opposite St Mary’s Church in Warwick.

Follow the club on Facebook or contact the Secretary, Cheryl on 0407 641 158 for bookings or further information.