The women of the Wooli Women's bowling club line up for a photo on their 50th anniversary.
The women of the Wooli Women's bowling club line up for a photo on their 50th anniversary. Adam Hourigan

Wooli Women’s Bowling Club celebrates 50 years

BOWLS: Despite only ever being a small club, the Wooli Women's Bowling Club is a proud club and yesterday the club's 13 members celebrated their proudest moment yet - turning 50.

But it appears to not be the size of the club itself but the size of the heart within the club that keeps it striving, and according to founding member Esme McLennan the heart is still as big as it ever was.

"I haven't been bowling for about 10 years now, but I still come to the club and attend most of the district meetings," she said.

"I think the low number of members has helped us to be a close club, and it has probably also helped with our bowling because we have to partner up with the men often."

According to club president Colleen Brown, Wooli has had an atmosphere of perseverance about it.

"We have had our battles in the early days like every bowls club," she said. "We have had our bad spots but we stuck at it, and we are still here celebrating 50 years as a club.

"Having a small number of members does help our club because it does make us a tight knit group. But it does work in the other way because we have not got so many when all the district things come around it is hard to put forward a team."

With bowls club members from around the district attending the celebrations, the morning was a little bit all over the place for the president but she said the gravity of the situation would set in after celebrations ceased.

"The emotions have been a bit all over the place but when it is all over and we get a chance to sit back I think that is when this will really sink in how big a milestone it is," she said.

"I hope the club sees another 50 years but I doubt it will be with me."

Fellow foundation member Barbara Knox was also there.



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