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Bowlers keep up momentum

Tuesday, 7th January, 2014

The tape measure was in frequent use to determine the winner of some close matches. The tape measure was in frequent use to determine the winner of some close matches.

By Ethan James

While most sports take a festive break over Christmas and New Year, the lawn bowlers in town have kept on bowling.

Under warm sunshine around 50 players competing across six rinks took to the greens at the North Bowls Club on Saturday afternoon. 

North Bowls Club President Ron Merritt was thrilled with the turnout during the summer holidays. 

“It’s not bad for a Saturday at all, especially considering people go away over this time,” he said. 

“The greens are running fast and everyone is just really enjoying the day.

“We’re looking for an even bigger crowd this Tuesday with a little more prize money on offer.

“We’ve got a sponsor that helps out in the form of Broken Hill Credit Union.”

Mr Merritt said the sport had recently picked up a number of players with the mixed night on Wednesday proving particularly popular. 

“They have been really fantastic and a lot of fun,” he said.

“Some of the ladies who only just started last year have improved so much already and picked up their game. 

“I’ve had to separate the husbands and wives into different teams, just so there aren’t any arguments at home afterwards,” he joked.

The BDT overheard plenty of banter on the greens, but it was Wayne Williams who was soaking up the atmosphere as opposed to the scoreline.

“We’re not doing too well, we’re down 15-0 at the moment but it doesn’t really matter,” he said.

On the other side of town, there was a smaller yet equally enthusiastic showing at the Zinc Bowling Club.

Greenkeeper and player Tom Sladden said the weather made for a relaxed afternoon.

“It’s not the biggest crowd but it’s just a great day to be out and about,” he said.

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