LAWN bowls players from across western Sydney recently celebrated Northmead Women’s Bowling Club’s 60th anniversary.
The celebrations were held at NBC Sports Club, with people marking the milestone with a morning tea, a game of lawn bowls, a delicious lunch and the cutting of the birthday cake.
Northmead Women’s Bowling Club formed in 1957, six years after Northmead Bowling Club opened in 1951.
There are plenty of options for women to play, but Northmead Bowling Club president Norm Muir said there was initially restrictions on women.
“In those days women could only play if they were the wife of one of the members. It was pretty draconian,” Mr Muir said.
In those days [1950s] women could only play if they were the wife of one of the members. It was pretty draconian.Norm Muir
“Today is an opportunity to recognise the social cohesion the Northmead Women’s Bowling Club and the game brings to the community.”
Northmead Women’s Bowling Club president Dilys Kindleysides, who has been part of the club for the past decade, said the club wants to attract more younger bowlers to the club.
“It is perceived as a pensioner-only sport, which is portrayed a lot by the media,” she said.
“When there’s a political issue about pensioners, the media uses pictures of people playing lawn bowls.
“I’ve seen friends in pictures that aren’t on the pension.
“The perception needs to be changed. The Australian mixed bowls team has a younger average age than the Australian men’s cricket team.
“NSW Bowls is a forward-thinking group and is looking to move forward with the times.
“You no longer have to play a long session, there is now sets plays for people who are time-poor but want to play.”
Northmead Bowling Club has 300 men and women who bowl.
The women’s club has a social bowler member category that allows people to play socially on a regular basis.
The club is creating an outdoor playground and a space for social bowls.
During her president’s address, Ms Kindleysides thanked the dedication of the club’s members, who have volunteered their time to make contributions to the club and the game.