District president Jim Rickard with pairs winners Peter Collis and Mick O’Leary who received the trophy this week.
District president Jim Rickard with pairs winners Peter Collis and Mick O’Leary who received the trophy this week. Gerard Walsh

Pair still on a winning roll

PLAYING for two bowls clubs doesn’t faze Peter Collis and Mick O’Leary, particularly if their bowls are rolling right.

The pair is members of both Warwick and Warwick East clubs.

This week they were presented with the trophies for winning the Southern Downs District Men’s Bowls Association pairs for 2011.

Both were playing at the Warwick club on Tuesday afternoon when the shield was presented by district president Jim Rickard during an afternoon tea break.

They played three matches on the way to victory, two at Goondiwindi and the final at the Southern Cross Bowls Club in Warwick.

In the final against The Summit pair Dale Barker and Zel Zamprogno, they trailed early before going into the last end with a lead of six.

They got two shots on the last to win 25-17.

Collis and O’Leary have enjoyed district fours success with Peter Gynther and Steve Wilson and previously won the pairs in 2006.

O’Leary was quick to answer a question about why they go well together as a team.

“Peter is a good skip and (joking) I’m a has-been player,” he said.

“We know each other’s games and play well together.”

They get plenty of practice in competition; O’Leary plays two to three times a week and Collis up to three times a week between shifts at Caltex Truck N’ Travel.

O’Leary is also involved with the RSL Social Bowls Club as well as the Warwick and Warwick East clubs.

He has played the sport for the past 14 years.

They enjoyed their most recent district fours success under the banner of the Warwick East club and won the pairs as Warwick club so the shield for district pairs success will hang proudly in the clubhouse in Leslie Park.

Collis has won one district champion of champion singles, two fours titles, one triples crown and three fours district championships in a decade of bowls and shows no sign of loosing his winning touch.



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