(Back) Mick Brunhierl, Rebekah Meads, Brad Hales ,(front) Tegan Meads, Brendan Meads, and Alicia Melton take part in the Max Walsh Memorial Shield.
(Back) Mick Brunhierl, Rebekah Meads, Brad Hales ,(front) Tegan Meads, Brendan Meads, and Alicia Melton take part in the Max Walsh Memorial Shield. Contributed

Another strike for fun bowl

GYMPIE Ten Pin Bowling's favourite tournament the Max Walsh Memorial Shield saw bowlers bend the rules in a change from their usual competition on Sunday.

Experienced bowlers lined up alongside some as young as five for the shield, which is the close-to-heart tournament held in honour of Max Walsh, father of Gympie Ten Pin owner Peter Walsh.

The event is far removed from the usual serious competition seen by Gympie Ten Pin and invites bowlers to take a light-hearted approach to the day.

Walsh said the event, now in its 10th year, was held for his father because the rule-bending fun tournament was his favourite.

It's a day based on fun more than skill and perhaps Peter Walsh has the most fun of all because the event is a chance for him to change the rules however he pleases.

Walsh said no game in the tournament was the same, with special rules applied which included the popular ruling that nine pins down is equal to a strike.

The memorial shield is a Walsh-family get together as much as a bowling tournament.

Walsh said the "family" extended to the regulars at his bowling lanes.

He said the event that was finished with a barbeque for all involved, had grown in popularity over the years and had demanded an increase in team numbers from four to six.

He said the reasons for its popularity came down to the light-hearted nature, which gave a break to the usual level competition.

"Everyone loves it, it's a great day," Walsh said.

Claiming the perpetual shield this year were Tegan, Brendan and Rebekah Meads, Alicia Melton, Brad Hales and Mick Brunhierl.

Ann Meads and Barbara Humpherys along with Henry, Justine, Norina and Bruce Sorensen knocked down enough pins to secure second place.

There's space for 12 teams in the annual event and Walsh said there's sure to be an 11th memorial shield next year.

Gympie Ten Pin now looks to its grand prix event to be held on September 8 and 9.

Gympie Times


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