An aura of anticipation pervaded the beautifully manicured greens of the Adelaide Bowling Club on February 13th. Yes, the annual bowls game between the Old Blues & the Old Reds was on again. Could we see the Blues emulate last year's emphatic victory? Or could the Reds conjure something special & halt the sea of blue slowly but surely covering the shield this decade?
The weather was kind as bowlers of all ages assembled. Our esteemed Convenor for over twenty years, and such a good man, the late Brian Gum (DAC ’52) was acknowledged. His wife, Betty and son, Justin were present. Betty was instrumental in the success of these games too. What a grand team they were! Greg Twelftree presented Betty with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on behalf of St Peter’s Old Collegians. She responded with emotion, as did Justin. The Gum legend will forever be remembered.
Once again, the Blues were victorious by a large margin! When the bell was rung at 9:20pm, we had won by 54 shots! We had four rinks up, two rinks square & two rinks down.
I'd like to thank our whole team for firstly making yourself available and also for playing so well on the night. Andrew Proudman's four won by ten shots against a solid opposition. Rob Corpe & his men won by eight after being all square late in the game. Peter Facy's four once again bowled beautifully to win by five. This year, Peninsula Skippers, Rob Natt & John Dunn played triples due to a couple of late withdrawals. Rob finished all square and John was down by a couple.
The Reds numbers were down and they had four teams of three. Should we look at playing three bowl triples next year? It's something to consider.
Thankyou SPOC Events & Administration Manager, Annie Bawden for your first-class organising. Your supper was delectable and the blue balloons, the perfect touch! You are an absolute gem Annie. A big thank you to our hosts, The Adelaide Bowling Club. You have a superb venue and we all appreciate being looked after so well.
See you next February!
Greg Twelftree (ATH ’68)