Life membership was big sur­prise

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

Mavis Buchanan says she ‘‘nearly died’’ when she re­ceived a life mem­ber’s badge from Mata­mata Bowl­ing Club.

‘‘Af­ter the gen­eral meet­ing the pres­i­dent was read­ing out all this in­for­ma­tion and I thought ‘ gee that sounds like me’,’’ Buchanan said.

She has been a Mata­mata Bowl­ing Club mem­ber since the 1980s and pre­vi­ously, with her late hus­band, Buck, was at Ohaupo Bowl­ing Club, which has since closed.

Buchanan started play­ing bowls af­ter a com­ment from some­one who said ‘‘well she’ll never play bowls if she has to wear those clothes’’, she said, be­cause she was play­ing ten­nis in a short dress. Back then you had to wear a long dress and stock­ings to play bowls. ‘‘I said ‘I’ll fix you’.’’

Buchanan has been sec­re­tary four times and pres­i­dent once at the Mata­mata club.

‘‘The funny thing about the pres­i­dent was I couldn’t get out of the sec­re­tary role, so some­one said they would be the sec­re­tary if I was the pres­i­dent and then a church min­is­ter wanted a turn as a pres­i­dent so I gave it up for him, but he didn’t re­alise how hard it would be and was only in the role for one year.’’

The high­lights of her time with the Mata­mata club have been win­ning four New Zealand ti­tles as a fours cham­pion and get­ting her gold star for win­ning five Waikato tour­na­ments. She has been in­volved in Waikato Honours Open Triples and won it in 2002/ 2003 and won the Mata­mata Club Open Fours four times.

Buchanan no longer com­petes in tour­na­ments, but she still en­joys play­ing at the club.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

Mavis Buchanan has re­ceived a life membership from Mata­mata Bowl­ing Club.

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