Bowls club looks to the young to boost num­bers

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

BOWLS is never bor­ing.

At least that is the mes­sage Mun­dub­bera Bowls Club pres­i­dent Selina Druery wants to pass on to the towns young peo­ple to get them in­volved in the sport.

“We are go­ing to be down in mem­bers for 2017, as I know there are a few that aren’t re­join­ing,” Druery said.

“What we need is some younger peo­ple to join, but we just can’t get them be­cause they just don’t want to play bowls.

“They think it is an old per­sons game.”

Druery said all it took was one young per­son to join and more could fol­low.

“If you get one young per­son that is ded­i­cated, you might get two, be­cause they might have a friend who they told about the great time they had,” she said. “They might come then. “We need more bowlers, but in a small town you prob­a­bly won’t get them.”

Druery said if she could get bare foot bowls run­ning on a Fri­day night that could be the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to bowls for young peo­ple.

“If we get some­body there own age to go out with them, if there aren’t any other bowlers out there, they have more fun,” she said.

“You’ve got to get close to the lit­tle kitty down the other end, it’s chal­leng­ing, but fun.

“You can have a beer on the side of the green, what­ever you like, and you get to meet peo­ple and play against them.

“It’s the com­rade­ship of the whole thing and I’ve met many great peo­ple since I’ve been bowl­ing up in this area.

“They be­come your great friends.”

She said she hoped they would then join the club as mem­bers.

“But see a lot of them work so they can only play on week­ends and Fri­day nights,” she said.

“Some of them might have moth­ers or fa­thers who are get­ting close to re­tire­ment.

“If they hear about how much fun their chil­dren are hav­ing, they might come down as see what they can do too.”

Druery said the is­sue of young play­ers was not just iso­lated to the Mun­dub­bera club.

“All the small bowls clubs in this area, ex­cept for per­haps Gayn­dah, are hav­ing is­sues at­tract­ing young peo­ple,” she said.

“They’re strug­gling for mem­bers as they’re all get­ting older.

“I can’t keep do­ing it for the rest of my life, I’m com­ing up 69 this year and while you can play un­til your 90, I can’t be play­ing and run­ning the club at that age.

“I’ll be continuing on at the club if I can get some help in 2017.”

De­spite a short­age in play­ers, Druery said 2016 was a good year for the club.

“The seafood nights have been the big­gest high­light,” she said.

“We usu­ally had around 90 peo­ple come to them.

“We couldn’t put them on ev­ery month as it would be too much, but ev­ery two months peo­ple can af­ford the $30 to come out.

“The first one for 2017 will be in Fe­bru­ary, we haven’t got a date yet, though I’d work it in with the bowls time and it will be a Fri­day night again.”

Druery said she hoped there would be more game play also in 2017.

“We mightn’t get as many wakes this year as we did last year and they all helped to keep the cop­pers flow­ing in,” Druery said.

“We are also hop­ing to see if we can put on a car­ni­val in about April, but I’ve been go­ing through our cal­en­dars and we have no spare week­ends.

“We might have to move it a lit­tle bit, so there are no other clubs in the dis­trict hav­ing some­thing on at the same time.”

She said she hoped to keep the club open and run­ning at a profit in 2017.

“That is all I strive to do,” Druery said.

“It’s a good venue for dos as it is quite big, there is plenty of room for kids to run around.

“I hope it will be a good 2017, I re­ally do and I’m go­ing to do my best to keep it go­ing, but I need more sup­port.

“In say­ing that 2016 was best year we’ve had since the floods.”

I’m com­ing up 69 this year and while you can play un­til your 90, I can’t be play­ing and run­ning the club at that age. — Selina Druery

PHO­TOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

WE NEED YOU: Mun­dub­bera Bowls Club pres­i­dent Selina Druery hoped more young peo­ple would join the club in 2017.

ABOVE: David Roach gets ready to bowl at the Gin Gin bowls day in Mun­dub­bera in Novem­ber.

Play­ers stand in the rain at the Mun­dub­bera Pa­trons bowls com­pe­ti­tion in June.

RIGHT: Byron Lee at the Mun­dub­bera Bowls Club Pres­i­dent's Day in Au­gust.

Bowlers bowl de­spite the weather at the Mun­dub­bera Pa­trons bowls com­pe­ti­tion.

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