Seamer hon­oured by new tour­na­ment

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

He’s been a club stal­wart for the best part of 35 years and Al­lan Seamer (pic­tured) is be­ing hon­oured again for his com­mit­ment to the Tocumwal Bowls Club.

The club will host a new med­ley fours tour­na­ment named af­ter him — ‘The Al­lan Seamer’ — this Satur­day.

Since the 1984/85 sea­son, Seamer has vol­un­teered for the club and can still oc­ca­sion­ally sneak into the Divi­sion One side.

Prior to the move of the old bowls club one of the bowl­ing greens was named af­ter him.

The for­mer three-time club cham­pion said he’s had a lot of en­joy­ment from the Tocumwal Bowls Club.

‘‘I would work on the greens with three or four other peo­ple,’’ Seamer said.

‘‘Af­ter break­fast on most days I would go up to the old bowls site and tend to the greens with the oth­ers.

‘‘We would usu­ally have a cof­fee af­ter­wards and try and im­prove the coun­try, but we never got far with that,’’ he said with a laugh.

‘‘I’ve been for­tu­nate to play and work with some re­ally great peo­ple which is mainly the rea­son I’ve never left the club to play some­where else.

‘‘I’ve come across some great peo­ple from the as­so­ci­a­tion, meet­ing them a cou­ple of times through­out the year in both pen­nant and tour­na­ments.’’

Seamer has been a top bowler for Tocumwal for many years, win­ning nu­mer­ous tour­na­ments in­clud­ing 21up, 100up mixed pairs and men’s pairs.

He’s also been a run­ner-up in the Mur­ray Bowls Divi­sion Cham­pi­ons of Cham­pi­ons and has won other tour­na­ments around the re­gions in­clud­ing the Bill Arm­strong Day in Fin­ley.

‘‘My fam­ily first started play­ing ten­nis but it was be­com­ing a bit tough on the knees so I switched to bowls,’’ Seamer said.

‘‘I was pro­moted to the top side re­cently. They must have been short on play­ers,’’ he joked.

‘‘I’ve won three club cham­pi­onships but it was once ev­ery six years so I don’t know what hap­pened in those other years.’’

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