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PICTURES: Colourful characters compete at Monymusk Boules Masters

By Kyle Ritchie

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Visitors to Monymusk on Saturday may have mistaken it for a French village as a popular community event was back in action.

The eighth Monymusk Boules Masters was played in The Square, which saw part of it closed to traffic and temporary wooden pistes set up and filled with gravel to play the games on.

Forty teams of four or more entered the competition and, although the day was windy and cool, the presence of accordionist Dave Martin playing French music gave a hint of Provence.

Competitors, many of which were in fancy dress, played a number of 30-minute games in the morning, resulting in some teams being knocked out at lunchtime. The play was quite intense, with just a ten-minute break between games.

Spectators and competitors had picnics on the grass at The Square or ate in the Grant Arms, which overlooks the boules site. Additionally cold drinks and ice cream were available from the village shop.

In the afternoon the competition was split into two knockout groups – the low road and the high road.

The winners of the high road and the overall champions were Los Bouleros, a team with a Mexican wrestler theme. They beat Macduff Boule Sharks in the final.

The low road contest was won by Logie Durno Duffeurs who defeated Lost Marboules.

The event raised money for local charities and good causes with the final total yet to be confirmed but expected to be into four figures

Orgainser Rick McTaggart said: "Thanks are due to all the volunteers who put the pistes together, those who helped run the event and our sponsors.

"It was a success, with many teams enquiring about next year’s Monymusk Boules Masters."

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