John Gardner in action yesterday in the Summerland Pairs.
John Gardner in action yesterday in the Summerland Pairs. Jay Cronan

Father-son duo lose temper

BOWLS is a sport of relaxation, but when father and son combine and the pressure comes on in the heat of battle there is bound to be some tension.

As it is often found, family members can be the best teammates when things are going well, but they can also be quick to turn on each other when they think one half isn’t pulling its weight.

Competing in their seventh Summerland Pairs tournament, John and Isaac Gardner fell behind in their first match, then fell out with each other as the game slipped away.

The Gardners make the trek from Townsville to holiday on the Far North Coast each year and use the chance to ‘sneak in a nice game of bowls’, but when they fell behind by five shots with just two ends to play, nice became nasty.

Isaac, 26, is usually a skip, but when he plays with his father he is forced to take the back seat. After going down in their first pairs match Gardner jnr indicated that the cohesion once found in this father/son team was now lost.

“This is the only tournament I play with Dad now,” Isaac Gardner said.

“We used to enter heaps but now we go our own ways because we fight too much.

“Either he is into me because I didn’t bowl well enough or I am into him because he didn’t bowl well enough.

“We have family in Ballina so we still come down and play this tournament, but I suppose a bit of an argument was inevitable.”

Gardner jnr was quick to take the blame for the defeat, admitting he was out of touch after a short break from the game.

“I haven’t played for a few weeks so I wasn’t up to scratch,” he said.

“My game is just a bit inconsistent but hopefully I can pick it up and we can sneak into the next round.”

They didn’t.



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