Betty Andrewartha and Keith Bayntun at the Tantitha Bowls Club.
Betty Andrewartha and Keith Bayntun at the Tantitha Bowls Club. Mike Knott

Best go head to head

BUNDABERG'S best will go head-to-head at Tantitha Bowls Club this weekend for the region’s only singles event.

The Tantitha Invitational has emerged as the region’s premier competition and will attract a field of the best 32 bowlers.

Organiser and competitor Kurt Brown said it was shaping up to be a tense weekend on the greens with a formidable field of competitors accepting invitations last week.

“If there’s one event local bowlers want to win, it’s this one,” he said.

“This is shaping up to be a pretty extraordinary tournament and I think it’s safe to say that you won’t see any better bowls in Bundaberg than will be on offer here.”

Keith Bayntun will be back on the Tantitha greens to defend his crown after defeating Brown in a remarkable upset victory last year.

Bayntun, 55, cut the Queensland Under-23 team member down to size clinching victory 25-20.

Brown was unsure whether the old sparring partners would pair off again this year but said if they do, spectators could be assured of a heated tussle.

“The Invitational tends to bring out a bit of healthy rivalry in competitors,” he said.

“Taking out the win is a big brag to have up your sleeve for a year and people want those rights.”

Elliott Heads bowler Chris Kiernan and Tantitha Bowls Club’s Tony Townson are expected to offer a strong showing competition as are female competitors Margaret O’Rourke and Betty Andrewartha.

“The line-up is looking pretty formidable,” he said.

“There are a few favourites but realistically any body on the list could take it out on the day.”

Competition will get under way at 9am tomorrow and continue on Sunday from 9am. The final will be played at 2pm on Sunday.



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