Let good times roll

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The South Perth Bowling Club is rolling into the fu­ture af­ter com­plet­ing its 100th sea­son of ac­tion.

THE South Perth Bowling Club is rolling into a new cen­tury with op­ti­mism about the fu­ture.

The 2016-17 sea­son was the club’s 100th sea­son and was also a suc­cess­ful one for the his­toric or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Club sec­re­tary and trea­surer Landy Bandy said par­ties and events were held dur­ing the sea­son to cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

“There was a large cock­tail party on Jan­uary 23 and we had a din­ner on April 8, which was a cul­mi­na­tion of a suc­cess­ful year,” he said.

“Our sec­ond di­vi­sion men’s team was pro­moted to the first di­vi­sion and our premier league re­tained their sta­tus de­spite the for­mat be­ing re­duced from 10 to eight teams.

“None of our men’s or women’s teams were rel­e­gated from their di­vi­sion, so it was a suc­cess­ful sea­son.”

Mr Bandy said the club had ex­pe­ri­enced many ups and downs through the decades, with four straight cham­pi­onships in the years be­tween 1967 and 1971.

“The 1950s and ’60s were very suc­cess­ful and we were ac­tu­ally quite suc­cess­ful un­til the ’80s. We were the first club to pay play­ers,” he said.

“Our best play­ers left, though, and the ’90s and 2000s were lean. But we have grown and grown into a dy­namic club.

“We have fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties and we are fi­nan­cially sound. We aren’t the old­est club in Perth; there are some others like the Fre­man­tle Bowling Club, which were founded in the 1890s.”

Mr Bandy said the club was al­ways look­ing for new peo­ple to join the club.

“We have just un­der 100 mem­bers, with about 70 men and 20 women,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467800

South Perth Bowling Club mem­bers Perry Brown and Josh McDon­nell.

These pic­tures tell of the club’s early days.

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