The annual Royal Flying Doctor Service fundraising bowls competition at Birchmore, Kangaroo Island nearly didn't 'take-off' due to heavy winds and bad weather

Bowls: Mary Barker enjoying rare moment of sunshine. Photo: Supplied.

Bowls: Mary Barker enjoying rare moment of sunshine. Photo: Supplied.

For a while players thought the annual Royal Flying Doctor Service fundraising bowls competition at Birchmore on Sunday, September 24 wasn’t taking off due to bad weather.

Rain wasn’t the issue but the cross wind was strong enough to take the polish off a player’s bowls.

But, like Emperor Penguins, the 64 intrepid competitors huddled together on eight rinks and played out the two games with great determination.

With the strong wind came some ‘airy’ excuses for bowls giving the ‘Jack’ a wide berth.

“RFDS president Irene Langford congratulated the team with the highest score and best wind resistance.”

The register of ‘causes’ for bad bowls dramatically increased on the day.

Birchmore Bowling Club members have always supported this event with great enthusiasm.

Many of them have been helped and even had their lives saved by the invaluable Royal Flying Doctor Service.  

Volunteers from the KI RFDS put on a hearty lunch and afternoon tea.  

They also provided raffle prizes and the main prizes for the competition winners.

The two windswept highest scoring teams on 54 points had a tense wait for the count back on their score cards to learn who was the ultimate winner.

RFDS President Irene Langford congratulated the team with the highest score and best wind resistance.

Overall winners were Gavin Buick, Bob Farnden, Darryl Hammatt and Clayton Barratt.

Runners up were Mick Couchman, Hugh Watters, Nigel Murton and Elspeth Murton.

Prizes also went to the most generous team (giving away more points than anyone else) and also to the most hard-done-by player.

We wait with anticipation to see how the set of plastic spoons will be put to use.

Special thanks to Dianne Hoffman who managed the catering and other fund-raising events for the day.

Total funds raised for the RFDS, another record, was $1,863.

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