‘Golden Oldies’ go bowling

2015-05-21 06:00
Taking part in the event (from left) Sonia Hoy, Wally Thompson and Ramona Harrison.

Taking part in the event (from left) Sonia Hoy, Wally Thompson and Ramona Harrison.

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FUN and games on the bowling green got Mbango Valley residents shaking it up last Thursday. The retirement village’s bowling club hosted its first Golden Oldies Bowls Day when 24 residents, aged 75 to 95, showed their mettle “When you calculate it, we have about 2 000 years of bowling on the field today because we have 24 players all with an average­ age of 85, so if you multiply that you get about 2000 years of bowling,” said greens keeper Mervyn Chipps who retired from the sport after playing for 30 years. Mbango Valley Bowling Club chair Frank Jardine said the day was organised solely to have fun and create­ memories. Organiser Una van Eeden said she was pleased with the turnout. “We have quite an attendance here today, with players who have played bowls before and some who haven’t.” Because the event was not a challenge there “no such thing as winners or losers” as Frank Jardine put it. He encouraged other clubs to try the social event and “give the old people a chance for a change”. The bowling club is made up of 39 members who enter in-house and other challenges. “We participate in bowling challenges, but some of our members are not registered to compete in challenges outside of the club.” The club hosts challenges every second Monday of every month. Players interested in participating should contact Collin MacMillan on 039 688 1491.

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