NAIDOC Week Bowls draws plenty of fun and fierce competition

Photo supplied by Rod Tighe.

Photo supplied by Rod Tighe.

More than 50 lawn bowlers unpacked their bowling balls and served up fierce competition at Moree Services Club last Saturday for the annual NAIDOC Bowls.

According to organiser Rod Tighe, the game is now in its 16th year and continues to be an important activity during NAIDOC Week.

“Sports are a big part of the community, and a lot of local people put their heart into it. Playing a game of bowls, golf or football is a wonderful way to celebrate NAIDOC Week.”

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A closed bowling green saw a reduced number in bowlers, with the turnout lower than previous years. Though, that didn’t stop the 56-strong crowd from making the most of the day.

“We played a two bowls four, and each team had to include at least one woman,” Tighe said.

Photo supplied by Rod Tighe.

Photo supplied by Rod Tighe.

While some teams wore their jerseys, others donned pink clothes.

“The dress code was pink because of this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Because of her, we can,” Tighe said. 

Fun and socialising aside, there was plenty of competitiveness on the green as the game headed into the early hours of the evening.

“We started to play around 9am. The teams were still playing the semi finals when the services club turned the lights on,” Tighe said.

Paul Ravenau’s team stole the Neville Cutmore Memorial Shield while Mitchell Johnson and his crew claimed the Vincent Tighe Memorial Shield.

Photo supplied by Rod Tighe.

Photo supplied by Rod Tighe.

History was also made when Georgia Dennison made it into the last round.

“She was the first ever and youngest female to make it in the final,” Tighe said.

“That worked really well when you consider that this year’s NAIDOC Week is focused on women.”

Tighe thanked Natalie Tighe and staff for the great catering, groundskeeper Dean Haislop and the Moree Bowls and NAIDOC committees for their help.