The annual Windsor 100 Classic Men’s Fours Carnival was held on the weekend of 30th April and 1st May 2022. There was some doubt whether this popular event would even proceed this year due to the devastating floods that inundated Windsor Bowls Club in late February. Floodwaters peaked at 1.7 metres throughout the ground floor of the club resulting in the need for significant rebuilding and refurbishing. However, thanks to the tireless efforts from the Club’s management and an enthusiastic band of volunteers, the clubhouse and greens were fully operational and ready to host carnival.

A full complement of 28 team again travelled from all parts of Queensland and interstate to participate in one of the most popular bowls events on the bowls calendar. So popular, this $10,000 event is always filled months in advance.

This year’s field was the strongest ever assembled with multiple current and former Queensland players and state champions competing. Such was the strength of the field, no team was able to win all 5 games. Amazingly, there were 12 teams still in contention for the $4,000 first prize at the conclusion of the penultimate fourth round. Dale McWhinny-Shillington’s team were the only undefeated team coming into the last round and looked likely winners however they stumbled against a wily Ferny Grove outfit skipped by Chris Loane.

A huge thanks to the Gold Coast and Tweed Bowls Association media team for live streaming the weekend reaching over 24000 viewers.

The final results were;

1st. Steve Petsky, Aaron Hewson, Jimmy Anderson, Sean Baker. 4W +35

2nd Terry Cummings, Steve Bell, Matty Bell, Reed Burgess. 4W +29

3rd Daniel Keogh, Stephen Springate, Brett Kitchen, Nathan Chapman. 4W +21

4th Greg McDonagh, David Pesley, Mick Napier, Chris Loane. 4W +19

5th Jamie Schiulaz, Jason Bartz, Cory Fuller, Trent Healey. 4W +18

6th Troy Kent, Fronz Hartog, Gerry Lindsay, Tony Martin. 4W +6

Power Play. Graeme Seaton, Derek Webb, Paul Webb, Doug Pannell

The club’s generous sponsors were very pleased with an exceptional carnival.  Thanks once again to the major sponsors in Neilsens Concrete, XXXX and Bare Funerals.

The 2023 Windsor Classic promises to again be bigger and better (if that is possible) so pencil it into your diaries for 29th and 30th April next year.

Finally, a big thank you to all the bowlers who supported the event, you are the event! From the feedback received, it appears that all the bowlers had a wonderful time and are looking forward to returning next year.