PAST Presidents of bowls clubs are the ones who have been there and done that.

With nothing to prove in the sport after serving their time at the helm the chance is presented for them to relax, enjoy their bowls and take the opportunity to travel around enjoying the company of fellow bowlers.

That is what the competitors at the State Past Presidents Carnival would have been thinking was going to happen this week before they unzipped their bowls cases before the week-long tournament.

What they faced instead was some of the most competitive, high-quality bowls they have played in their time on the greens.

"There has been some good calibre bowls played," former Across The Waves Bowls Club president John Robinson said.

"A few of the players got a shock how good some of the other from around the countryside have been.

"This week is serious."

The tournament held at Burnett Bowls Club is hosting the first when men and women have played side by side and against each other, the competitors have been playing fours, with some tight games being decided.

Bowlers from as far north as Cairns and south to Tweed Heads have travelled to Bundaberg to compete and Robinson said those expecting a relaxing trip to sunny Bundaberg would be disappointed.

"The pressure is on, this is no picnic, it's fair dinkum," he said.

"When the games are you really have to put your head down and go for it."



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