Spring carnival's bowlers in bloom

FRIENDS: Port Pirie Bowling Club vice-president Des Laube, left, welcomes 30-year Spring Carnival veteran Chris Kiley, of Adelaide. Chris teamed with three friends to compete at the event.

FRIENDS: Port Pirie Bowling Club vice-president Des Laube, left, welcomes 30-year Spring Carnival veteran Chris Kiley, of Adelaide. Chris teamed with three friends to compete at the event.

The Spring Carnival was “blooming” with bowlers from around the state.

TEAM: Chris Kiley, right, and his team-mates Brian Heywood, left, John Gotch and Dave Pardoe have competed for many years at the Spring Carnival.

TEAM: Chris Kiley, right, and his team-mates Brian Heywood, left, John Gotch and Dave Pardoe have competed for many years at the Spring Carnival.

One of the perennials was Chris Kiley, of Henley Bowling Club, who has attended every one of these Port Pirie Bowling Club carnivals for the past 30 years.

He teamed with other regulars, Brian Heywood, John Gotch and Dave Pardoe to compete at the rinks on Friday.

“It is the best pre-pennant carnival anywhere in South Australia because the greens are always relatively good and everyone comes here to get a look at bowls before the pennant season,” Mr Kiley said.

“I won the pairs competition one year and got lots of money.

“This committee is well-organised. It has three days of excellent competition and the food is pretty good.

“We just start thinking about coming here from about February.

“I appreciate this place so much that I make a point every year of sending a letter back to the committee thanking them.

“It is just a delight to be here.”

Club vice-president Des Laube said he liked the carnival because you could meet your old playing mates and sport friends.

I appreciate this place so much that I make a point every year of sending a letter back to the committee thanking them. It is just a delight to be here. - Chris Kiley, bowler

“It is a lot of fun and enjoyment … it is all about the friendships,” he said.

The carnival started on Thursday with the women’s competition involving 88 players.

It was won by Port Broughton with Kadina runner-up and Moonta third.

Club secretary and tournament organiser Peter Orvad said drizzle on Friday had failed to disrupt the start of the men’s competition.

He said 88 played that day for the West End Medley trophy with 104 registered for Saturday’s Risdon Hotel Medley award and 96 for Sunday’s Northpoint Ford and Hyundai Medley prize.

Mr Orvad said it was a social occasion as well as a competitive one. Players came from clubs including Victor Harbor, Somerton, West Beach, Marion, Elizabeth, Whyalla, Cowell, Crystal Brook, Jamestown, Wirrabara, Toorak, Burnside, Henley and Kimba. It seems there is some tall timber among the crop of bowlers and the carnival certainly brought out the best in them.

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