Bowls bridges age gap

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

IT WAS a match for the ages at Cock­burn Bowls Club when Cock­burn’s old­est mem­ber Ron Col­lis chal­lenged Kwinana’s youngest player Josh Burgess (9) to a friendly com­pe­ti­tion.

Sixty com­peti­tors played in the an­nual Cock­burn Kwinana Cup Chal­lenge with Cock­burn tak­ing first place, win­ning eight of 12 games.

Mr Col­lis (90), a mem­ber of the Cock­burn bowls club for more than 50 years, was named club pa­tron this year and still oc­ca­sion­ally teaches the game to new mem­bers.

Cock­burn club pres­i­dent Pat McBride said Josh was con­grat­u­lated at the end of the day by many older play­ers.

“Josh’s stan­dard was quite good. He showed great po­ten­tial for the fu­ture,” McBride said.

“The only thing was his shot strength with the full-length jack; he just couldn’t quiet reach it.”

Next year Cock­burn Bowls Club will in­tro­duce a new game us­ing rub­ber balls to en­cour­age younger play­ers.

Kwinana Bowls Club’s Josh Burgess and Cock­burn Bowls Club’s Ron Col­lis.

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