Taking up old greenBirchmore goes green

The KI countryside has never looked better: a picture of rolling green and gold pastures.

But out at Birchmore Bowling Club a different kind of rolling was to be seen on even greener “grass”.

The new bowling mat has now been laid and it looks spectacular. A band of club members spent two weeks rolling, watering and marking the new green in preparation for the inaugural competition, but the motorized roller proved a fickle machine and provided much entertainment for onlookers. Gold medals to all who put in so much time and effort upgrading the club’s facilities.

Winning team

The first match on the new green was the fourth Aurora Ozone sponsored Triples competition on September 12. A full house of eight rinks gave 48 players a chance to try out the new green. Three games were played, and judging by the overall buzz, everyone had a most enjoyable day. A tongue in cheek comment of “it was like trying to bowl through a field of barley”, if a little harsh, possibly contained a grain of truth.

Familiar faces appeared again in the winner’s circle, Michael Couchman, Steve Bell, and Hugh Smythe. The team adapted well to the new playing conditions and deserved the main prizes of the day. Runners up included Martin Baltruweit, Maureen Pease and Barry Keitel.

The Aurora Ozone Hotel was thanked for donating the generous main prizes of gift vouchers. Thanks also went to the Bay of Shoals Winery for raffle prizes of bottles of wine.

Many thanks go to the team of ladies who attended to the flotsam and jetsam of post-game snacks.


Mary Barker on the new green

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