Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Hooked on a Great Game; Bowls Competitive as Any Sport

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Hooked on a Great Game; Bowls Competitive as Any Sport

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Byline: CAMPBELL GELLIE Community

SHANE Cummings stood with bent knees, his shoes touching and an orange bowl in hand.

Mr Cummings took a slow measured stride forward and his right arm swung the ball onto the green with a gentle caress.

"Tricky conditions today, it's a good time to practise," he said. "It is windy and overcast, I can't put two on the same spot."

At the other end of the green three bowls rested no further than a metre away from the jack.

Mr Cummings has been playing bowls for 13 years and was practising on Friday for the weekends' inter-club pennants competition.

"It's holding up at that end where it is not protected by the wind," he said.

"The green isn't too bad today but when it's overcast it slows down a bit too."

The president of the mens' club said he was hooked after playing on a work social day and now calls the Gladstone club home.

"Some people say it's the best green in Queensland, but I think it's probably the best in the district. …

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