Thursday, September 21, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
On Saturday, September 9, the North Mackay Bowls club celebrated 75 years. The club was opened in 1948 with 97 male members and 20 female members. Since then, the club has gone from strength to strength, and now has 16 greens, a restaurant, coffee bar, a large poker machine room and two function rooms. Plans to expand the club further are under discussion.
The anniversary was celebrated by a free day for members, with the men playing two games of 12 ends followed by lunch and presentations. Martin Corr, from Bowls Queensland presented a plaque to bowls President, Eric Galletly to mark the occasion as well as presenting a gift to two life members who were playing, Ray McCarthy and Ron Bowers.
There was $500 in prize money and the first NMBC winner was the team of Peter Miller, lead, Tony Allsop, second, Les McDermott third with Chris Banney as skip.
The Board Chairman, Neal Blucher also made a speech outlining some of the club’s history. This was followed by an open bar tab and live entertainment. The women members joined in the celebrations later in the afternoon.
Contributed by Tony Allsop
Chris Banney accepts the prize money from bowls president Eric Galletly on behalf of his team, Peter Miller, Tony Allsop and Les McDermott
Bowls President Eric Galletly outlines the days competition to members