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BOWL­ING OVER THE COM­PE­TI­TION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE cre­ation of a bowl­ing com­pe­ti­tion likened to Twenty20 cricket has helped the Man­ning Ea­gles Bowl­ing Club claim a pres­ti­gious prize.

The club jointly won the in­au­gu­ral Bowls Aus­tralia Award Club of the Year with Queens­land club He­lensvale, while club mem­ber Therese Hast­ings won the Coach of the Year award.

Club pres­i­dent Ken Jolly said the cre­ation of Jack At­tack so­cial nights was a ma­jor rea­son why the bowl­ing club claimed the prize.

“Teams only need three play­ers, which means peo­ple can in­ter­change, and it's only played one night per week on Wed­nes­days,” he said.

“We've got some of our young play­ers run­ning it and it's gone from strength to strength; it started with eight sides, there were 22 sides the last time we played it and we are run­ning it again from Novem­ber 9.

“It's like Big Bash League Cricket; the play­ers play two sets over a 12-week pe­riod and we have mu­sic play­ing and we put meals on too.

“If any­one shows po­ten­tial, then we run some free coach­ing ses­sions and give them dis­counted mem­ber­ship to the club.”

Mr Jolly said an­other rea­son for the club's suc­cess was its con­nec­tion with the com­mu­nity.“We've put on out­door movies and let some of the other clubs hold func­tions at our place; I think it's all about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Jolly said the club's suc­cess off the green also trans­lated to games, with it win­ning Bowls WA and pen­nant com­pe­ti­tions.

“We've got some ju­nior play­ers in the Aus­tralian squad and our ladies' and men's teams have won mul­ti­ple pen­nants,” he said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461520

Therese Hast­ings and Ken Jolly at Man­ning Ea­gles Bowl­ing Club.

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