Bowlers love being back

By Robert Muir

There haven’t been any competitions because of the COVID-19 restrictions but with some restrictions eased, plenty of bowlers are now practising their bowling skills.

“We’ve been practising over the last month, twenty per green, four only per rink and observing the protocols,” Corowa Civic Bowls Club President Sue Curtis told The Free Press.

“People are very happy to come back and have a roll up, in social teams. There are no competitions – only roll ups – but everyone’s looking forward to organizing some competitions and we are hoping it won’t be too far away.”

Corowa Civic Bowls Club has about 130 members, with ages ranging from 20s to 90s. Practice currently takes place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 4.30pm.

When The Free Press popped in last Wednesday, a dozen members were practising and looking sharp. “With the off season members have been walking around town everywhere to try and keep fit,” the president said.

“We cater for all age groups and all abilities. Members get on extremely well. Being a volunteer club therefore makes for a very friendly atmosphere.”

President Sue is in her second year of her second stint as president and was the inaugural president when Corowa Civic Bowls Club was formed in 2012, also serving in 2013. Secretary Judy Willett is in her fifth year.

The club has enjoyed success with its pennant teams in the Ovens and Murray, including last season with its four weekend teams and tree mid-week teams.

Unfortunately the club couldn’t host its big annual Easter tournament or participate in the Edinburgh Shield tournament. But when the word is given, bowlers will be ready to resume competition.