Bomber/lo­cal RSL twice win­ners

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The man pop­u­larly known as ‘Bomber’ Mitchell is the sole team mem­ber to have played in both vic­to­ri­ous Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala RSL Lawn Bowls teams for Vic­to­ria’s Duke of Ed­in­burgh Shield.

“I’m priv­i­leged to have played in both teams,” the 75-year-old re­tired wa­ter­side worker told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“I re­mem­ber vividly the first time when we won by 126 shots. This year it was 188 shots.”

The first time was in 2002, 15 years ago. The Ed­in­burgh Shield was in­tro­duced in the late 1950s and is a pres­ti­gious shield to win amongst RSL Clubs through­out Vic­to­ria.

This year, about 1600 bowlers took to the lawn greens with six teams for each of the 15 venues.

“‘Bomber’ does a fan­tas­tic job as team man­ager,” Vic­to­rian RSL Lawn Bowls Pres­i­dent Herb Ma­son told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“He’s been in­volved for many years and has been a mem­ber of the state team.”

A big per­son­al­ity in the sport, Bomber ac­quired his nick­name in the 1940s while at St Joseph’s Pri­mary School in Port Mel­bourne.

“There was a plane called the ‘Mitchell Bomber’ and the kids started call­ing me that,” he ex­plained.

In 1998 Bomber moved to Yar­ra­wonga and has played lawn bowls here since 2000. Two years later he was a mem­ber of the in­au­gu­ral Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala RSL team vy­ing for the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Shield and is now the lo­cal record holder to be as­so­ci­ated with two shields.

Barry (Bomber) Mitchell rolls one down.

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