South East Bowlsfest a big hit

The inaugural South East Bowls Fest based in Naracoorte has been rated a big success.

The four-day event drew large numbers of bowlers to town for a series of events from Sunday November 25 to Wednesday November 28.

The bowls fest kicked off with a club development workshop at Naracoorte RSL & District Bowling Club, with 19 people attending from eight different clubs across the South East.

They heard from experienced facilitator Greg Fisher on topics such as liquor licensing, governance and food handling.

Monday November 26 saw the first day of the Naracoorte Lucindale Senior Supa Series at the Naracoorte Bowling Club, with 96 competitors battling it out with fantastic conditions and camaraderie on the greens.

Winners of the day were the Ascot Park combination of Col Harvey, Di Harvey, Mark Lampshire and Paul Saunders, with the Naracoorte RSL team entered by Joe McGrath, with third place rounded out by the Marion/Victor Harbor combination entered by Ian Fyfe.

The second day of the Naracoorte Lucindale Senior Supa Series was held at the Naracoorte RSL & District Bowling Club, with support from Naracoorte Foodland.

Competition was again fierce but friendly with 88 out on the greens, the winning spot was claimed by the Keith/Port MacDonnell four of Doug Murch, Di Murch, Chris Richards and Heather Richards.

Second was taken out by the Moonta/Laura team entered by Steve Eichenberger, and rounding out the place-getters was the team skipped by Bowls SA President Wayne Prosser.

Thanks go to Naracoorte Lucindale Council for its support of the Senior Supa Series event – the first time it has been held in Naracoorte. The day of play was followed by an informal coffee and chat opportunity for members with representatives of the Bowls SA Board and staff, with quite a number discussing various queries and ideas.

Wednesday November 28 saw the day start bright and early for Bowls Fest – with the Business of Bowls breakfast taking place at the town hall.

Thirty-five attendees were treated to a wonderful breakfast catered for by the Lions club, and listened to the guest speakers of Chris Burns – SA Mental Health Commissioner, Tony Limbrik – Berry Bowling Systems and Mayor Erika Vickery.

Next on the agenda was a volunteer appreciation movie morning, also held at the town hall, with clubs provided the opportunity to recognise their hard-working volunteers with tickets to a free movie – “First Man”.

Rounding out the Wednesday was a coaching session run by state coach Tony Lucas, with 52 attendees from across the area taking part. They enjoyed Tony’s insights and taking away tips to develop their own game and their club performance.

Before the South East Bowls Fest kicked off, clubs and associations within the region were asked to nominated hard-working volunteers for extra recognition, and throughout the week four members were recognised for their contributions to the sport of lawn bowls, with support from Cheryl White and Luke Smitheman from the ANZ: Norman Vaughan (Penola), Debra Jones (Tintinara), Neil Poulton (Bordertown) and Janet Munn (Naracoorte).

Their individual stories and passion for the game are appreciated and valued.