The Bowral Women's Bowling Club celebrated their 80th anniversary recently and enjoyed a catch up with all members past and present.
Along with their President, Nancy Pope, the day was attended by the Women's Bowls NSW State President, Maryann Parcell, District President Fran Post and district and club vice presidents. Members from Bowral, Crookwell, Goulburn and Picton were also in attendance.
Nothing starts the day better than a home made morning tea to welcome our honoured guests and fellow bowlers followed with a game of bowls.
A lovely lunch ,speeches, raffles and prizes followed. In between courses, Maryann chatted at all the tables giving it a personal touch.
The Women's club has come a long way since the clubs early conception where they used to be on the Women's Auxiliary tending to the catering needs of the Men's Club until 1939 when twelve ladies formed the Women's Club.
Bowral Women's Bowling Club chair, Gail Fraser said the club means so much to her and the players.
"The club is about friendship, meeting new people and competition, that's what I love about the club," Ms Fraser said.
"Going to other clubs and creating camaraderie with fellow players and the competition. I love the competition.
"A lot of the girls give the game away thinking they can't play anymore but so many return because they miss the social side of it. Being with friends is the best part about the club."
District President, Fran Post began bowling because of a injury that hampered her golf and tennis games.
"I began bowling ten years ago because I had a frozen shoulder," Ms Post said.
"As my shoulder thawed out, I went down to the club and I've been bowling there ever since. I love the friendships I've made and the camaraderie of the club also."
Today, 80 years on, the club is still going strong, enjoying all the benefits of bowls from friendship, exercise, social and competition bowls at club or district level.
They also travel to other clubs to interact and meet new faces, as well donating to various charities throughout the year.