Bowls club looks to the young to boost numbers
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
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.