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Bowler celebrates 50 years with beloved club

Friday, 26th July, 2013

Frank Cetinich has been honoured for his 50 years’ service to the Broken Hill Bowling Club. Frank Cetinich has been honoured for his 50 years’ service to the Broken Hill Bowling Club.

By Emily Roberts

Frank Cetinich has celebrated his more than 50 years of playing for the Broken Hill Bowling Club.

Mr Cetinich joined the club in the 1959-1960 season and, according to club secretary, Teresa Hayes, he still uses the same set of henselite bowls - size 5 - that he had when he joined.

Mr Cetinich took up the sport at the age of 35.

“I like my sport and I tried golf but I couldn’t do it because I had a crook back,” he said. “I’ve been here ever since.”

He said he’s had a lot of good times at the club and just wanted it to keep going.

“The trouble is, everybody is fading away. I would really encourage younger people to take it on,” he said.

“Everyone is nice and friendly and it is just about a bit of fun. It doesn’t matter if you win, lose or draw.”

Mr Cetinich had contributed much the BH Bowls Club over the years, not just as a player but also by attending many working bees and being a pennants selector, Ms Hayes said.

“He was Minor Singles runner-up in 1962-63 and was the Minor Singles winner in 1963-1964,” she said.

“He was part of the Championship Pairs runners-up in 1960-61 and 1977-78. He then won that category in 1962-63 and in 1986-87.

“He was a runner-up in the Major Singles in 1983-83 and 1988-1989. He won that title in 1984-84 and in 1986-87.”

For achieving his milestone, Mr Cetinich has also received a certificate from Bowls South Australia for his continuous service.

“We also had a club presentation for him,” Ms Hayes said. “He is one of the first to have served for so long.”

Ms Hayes said she hoped other would follow in his footsteps.

“We need some younger members to come and join. It is better to take it up when you are younger and fitter.”

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