Rathdowney hosts 2018 Gary Overton Memorial Day

PAYING TRIBUTE: Players on the Rathdowney green at this year's Gary Overton Memorial Day. Photo: Supplied.
PAYING TRIBUTE: Players on the Rathdowney green at this year's Gary Overton Memorial Day. Photo: Supplied.

Lawn bowlers from across the region graced the Rathdowney Bowls Club green on Tuesday for the Gary Overton Memorial Day.

Rathdowney Club representative Barry Cooke said the annual competition held to honour a man who contributed so much to the game in the region was outstanding, with 16 teams vying for the title.

“It was an excellent turnout,” he said.

“There were sixty-four bowlers, including three from New South Wales.

“We had teams from the Gold Coast, Canungra, Esk and North Ipswich, as well as local clubs.”

Teams contested two 15-end games and points were collated.

Teams with two wins became eligible for the title which was decided on an aggregate of the winning margins.

The triumphant foursome was a Rathdowney outfit, which no doubt benefited from some home green advantage.

Runners up were four ladies from Canungra Bowls Club.

Following the bowls, rivalries relaxed and competitors enjoyed a two-course lunch.

The family of the late Gary Overton were in attendance on his behalf.

Mr Cooke said Mr Overton was a well-known and respected member of the lawn bowls community who passed away after suffering a heart attack while playing the game he loved.

Due to his standing in the game, Rathdowney Bowls Club members decided to take the opportunity to pay tribute to him each year in August.

TRIUMPHANT: Members of the winning outfit, Ellie Taylor, Merle Wortel with club president Dot Cooke, and teammate Jim McCartney. Missing from the team: Gary Palmer. Photo: Supplied.

President Dot Cooke 2nd from right

TRIUMPHANT: Members of the winning outfit, Ellie Taylor, Merle Wortel with club president Dot Cooke, and teammate Jim McCartney. Missing from the team: Gary Palmer. Photo: Supplied. President Dot Cooke 2nd from right