Bowling club marks major milestone

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Pauline Jennings shows Ed Richie and Kerry Edwards how it's done.
Camera IconPauline Jennings shows Ed Richie and Kerry Edwards how it's done. Credit: Callum Hunter

Eaton Bowling Club turned 50 at the weekend and marked the milestone with two days of bowls action and a dinner function.

Founded in 1969 by Tim Kreitling and Doug Frost, 115 club members attended Saturday’s dinner before all taking to the lawns on Sunday for a mixed scroungers tournament.

“It’s always gone well and has always been lovely,” event co-organiser Pauline Jolly said.

“We’ve still got a really good, solid playing membership and they all go away to other clubs together ... it’s not just a game of bowls, it’s a real community.”

Club secretary Kerry Edwards said the turn out for the celebration was exceptional and everyone enjoyed the two days of competition.

“The mixed scroungers was a fine day, we had a barbecue lunch afterwards, it was good,” he said.

Thanks to a $2 million grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation, club executives have entered into talks with the Dardanup shire in the hope of demolishing and rebuilding the clubrooms.

With a two-year plan in mind, Mr Edwards said the opening of the new clubrooms would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original clubrooms.

“That’ll be another thing to celebrate,” he said.

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