Top competition at 2017 Forbes Easter bowls carnival

The pairs final of Forbes’ Easter bowls carnival has been described as as good a game of bowls as you would see anywhere.

Father-and-son team Ross (formerly of Forbes) and Terry Antram met Barry Brenner and Alvin Gardiner in the Sunday night final and carnival coordinator Don Craft said the match was the highlight of the three-day event. 

“The game was played at night so the dew was coming down on the green and that made it heavier than it had been,” he said.

“They drew to the jack, they moved each other around the head, you could not have seen a better game of bowls anywhere.”

In the fours, returning champions – the Belrose team of Nick Skipper, James Brown, Crawford Linton and Bill Johnson - defended their title.

That final against Tim Yell, Barry Brennan, Steve Gransden and Alvin Gardiner was not so hotly contested as the pairs, it was conceded after 12 ends with the Belrose side well in the lead. 

Mr Craft said it was a terrific three days of competition at Forbes Sports and Recreation Club.

Winners shared $8450 in prize money, with $1400 going to each of the winning teams in the pairs and fours competitions. 

Honours in the consolation triples competition were taken out by John Fitzgerald, Glen Ashcroft and Jarrod Andrews (formerly of Forbes, now playing for Ashfield).

They defeated Lee Such (Dee Why), Greg Ward (Forbes) and Steve Collins (Soldiers Point).

The annual Easter bowls carnival attracted the highest number of entries in a number of years, with 46 pairs and 22 teams of fours. 

Mr Craft said the visitors praised Forbes’ hospitality, both in the club and in the larger community, as well as the standard of the greens.

“It’s a credit to all the volunteers who work in the club, feeding the multitudes, and those who work on the greens,” he said.