Bowls bridges age gap
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.