Jack on a roll at Over 60s titles

KANDANGA’S Jack Horne was one of the lawn bowlers who competed in the Over 60s Interstate sides series in Western Australia this month.

While the defending champs lost the series, Horne’s rink collected medallions for the best performance during the competition, dropping only one game. With each state fielding three rinks of four players, that’s a lot of games, Horne said.

It was his first representative stint in 30 years of playing the sport.

Victoria won the series at the Manning Bowling Club when they won their last game, defeating the Northern Territory, after smashing the biggest state, New South Wales, and also defeating the WA and ACT teams.The Vics then rolled Queensland who were the reigning title holders, but Horne says the Queensland team beat NSW on its way to the final match.

Queensland started brilliantly, winning by monster scores over the two bottom sides but fell in a hole when they met sterner opposition.

The series was held from October 4 to 7, and Horne joined Kerry Flint (Wynnum/Manly), Geoffrey Hawken (Southport) and Neville Jenkins (South Tweed) in the second of three Queensland teams for the National Over 60s Championships.

“They look after you well, and it was great to meet all the boys,” Horne said.

Once president of the Kandanga Bowls Club, Horne is happy to just play now that he has reached the 60 mark. The club has produced a number of successful bowlers, including Charlie Hayes, a protege of Horne’s.

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