Bowlers pretty in pink

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

Co­bram Bowls Club hosted its an­nual Ena Gray memo­rial triples tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day, with 78 bowlers and 26 teams tak­ing part

The tour­na­ment has been run­ning since 2007, four years be­fore Ms Gray died from breast can­cer.

Ms Grey was a val­ued mem­ber of the club for more than 30 years and was a life mem­ber, served as pres­i­dent from 1985 to 1987. She was also pres­i­dent of Cen­tral Mur­ray DLBA for two years.

Ms Gray was a three-time club cham­pion at Co­bram, also win­ning a Cen­tral Mur­ray State sin­gles ti­tle in 1991-92. She also an um­pired for many years.

To give the tour­na­ment a new feel this year, with all bowlers en­cour­aged to wear pink — the sig­na­ture colour for breast can­cer aware­ness cam­paigns.

Ms Gray’s daugh­ter, Carol Do­herty, said the ad­di­tion of pink dress-ups helped make the day even more en­joy­able than usual.

‘‘I think that’s why we got such great num­bers this year be­cause we wanted to have a bit of fun with it. It’s good to take away the se­ri­ous­ness of it ev­ery now and then,’’ Mrs Do­herty said.

Among some of the more eye-catch­ing out­fits was a bright pink tutu, while a few play­ers hi­lar­i­ously de­cided to wear pink bras over their bowl­ing tops.

To help raise funds for BCNA, a mul­tidraw raf­fle did the rounds on the day, with close to 30 prizes on of­fer to bowlers. The raf­fle yielded $542 which was do­nated to BCNA.

In the bowl­ing stakes, the team of Robyn Hodgkin (skip­per), Loris Houli­han and Gayle Smith from Nu­murkah Golf and Bowls Club took home the Ena Gray tro­phy.

The event was spon­sored and made pos­si­ble by the Do­herty fam­ily and Co­bram Dis­count Drug Store.

Fash­ion­istas: This pink tutu cer­tainly caught the eye in the fash­ion stakes.

Mes­sage of hope: This mes­sage was one of sub­stance and shared by all bowlers tak­ing part in the Ena Gray memo­rial triples tour­na­ment.

Plenty of win­ners: The abun­dance of prizes of­fered in the multi-draw raf­fle to raise money for Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia.

New style: The bra over the t-shirt look was em­braced by a few fear­less par­tic­i­pants.

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