A rare win over 'winter tourists'
IT might be a “friendly” fundraiser, but the competitive juices run deep at the Boyds Bay Challenge.
This annual bowls event has a history stretching back at least a decade, and has a definite State of Origin feel to it.
That is why South Tweed Bowls Club president Max Miller went to sleep a happy man last night - his club had won the competition for only the third time.
However, the challenge is about more than just bowls competition. Over the years many thousands of dollars have been raised for the Cancer Council, and more was added yesterday.
Mr Miller readily admits that the Boyds Bay Challenge is one of his favourite days on the bowls calendar.
“To me, this is the most satisfying and enjoyable day of the year,” he said yesterday.
Adding to the State of Origin atmosphere of the event is the fact that it is always locals versus the “winter tourists” who converge on the Boyds Bay Caravan Park each year to escape the cold climate in other parts of the country.
Keith Mitchell, of Melbourne, is the leader of the Boyds Bay group, which draws members each year from all over Australia.
He said the event raises about $4,500 a year, through the South Tweed Sports Club and a barbecue held at the caravan park.
But he is almost as proud of his team's winning record, which took a hit yesterday.
“We have won it the most times, but we won't brag about that,” Mr Mitchell said cheekily.
“It is really good to see three full rinks of bowls. This day is well supported by the club and caravan park.
“That is why we can always get a full complement of players.”
Mr Mitchell's wife Shirley said it was always enjoyable coming up to the Tweed each year.
“We have a lot of fun. We come up here and catch up with all our wonderful friends,” she said.
For the record, South Tweed won, 325 to 280.