One bowl takes it all
It’s no April Fool’s joke. One bowl, one end singles with $5,000 winner-takes-all cash.
Held on Saturday, April 1, kicking off at 2pm, the Glenroy Superbowl has jumped on board the sport’s shortened format craze and taken it to the extreme.
Entrants will line up in a randomly drawn field of 128 competitors and put their best bowl forward. The rules are simple – closest bowl to the jack moves into the next round, the loser is eliminated. One punter will bowl a grand total of 7 well-delivered bowls for the afternoon and take home a cool $5,000 cash.
Brainchild of club greenkeeper John McCarron, this will be the second running of the Superbowl event. John’s father Craig McCarron was the inaugural event winner, taking home $3,000 cash and Superbowl ring in 2015 and is inviting challengers to knock him off.
John McCarron says the beauty of the format is that any level of bowler could potentially win, with just one bowl per match meaning the ‘superstars’ are anything but guaranteed success.
Interest in the event has increased, with first prize swelling from $3,000 to $5,000 for Superbowl II. Bowls Australia have seen the merits in the event, running their own one-bowl singles Megabowl event during the 2016 Australian Open at Broadbeach and are planning to replicate that in 2017.
Other modifications to Superbowl II include a ‘Family Day’ type atmosphere – with an entire green area dedicated for kids’activities. Music and entertainment will run throughout the afternoon with food available.
Spokesperson Chris Le Lievre can see a pattern emerging in the entries so far.
“A lot of people are recognising that only 1 person can take home the $5k – so rather than put all their eggs in one basket, groups are syndicating together – say a clan of 5 attending together in one car with a sober driver – they’re arranging between themselves to split the prizemoney and have 5 chances of winning $1,000 each.”
“Also bowlers with families are able to attend because they can bring their wives and children – the kids can be entertained for a couple of hours rather than a parent leaving the kids at home with their partner for an entire day’s bowls. It’s a fun afternoon out.”
Entries for the event are filling fast but spots are still available. See below for more information:
* Saturday 1st April
* Players no later than 1:30pm arrival
* Draw takes place 10am
* Games are 1 bowl each, duration of 1 end
* All games are straight knockout
* Coin toss chooses length & bowls first OR bowls last & allow opposition to bowl first
* Jack is 21m, 27m or ditch to ditch
* Driving permitted – killed end results in a loss. If both bowls are out of bounds, end is replayed.
* $30 entry MUST be paid prior to the event
* NAB Glenroy Branch
Account # 733410592
Description/Reference = SB“your name”
For more info & entries contact Chris Le Lievre 0488445012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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