84 and still rolling wild
THE eldest of them is well into his eighties and the youngest is more than half a century old, but there is no lack of enthusiasm in the bowlers at Bundy Bowl and Leisure as the State Over-50s Ten Pin Challenge kicks off.
Veterans from clubs across Queensland are arriving in Bundaberg this week to compete in the annual event at the Lester Street complex.
More than 100 players from clubs from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg will compete against each other over the next four days.
The reigning champions, Kedron, arrived yesterday to take on Bundaberg in the first day of action.
Other teams are expected to arrive today and tomorrow as the competition heats up for Sunday’s final.
Kedron captain Valerie Gay said 15 players were representing that club.
She said the club had come to Bundaberg each of the past eight years of the competition.
“Firstly we come here because we love the friendship we share with all the other clubs,” she said.
“And we love competing. We travel all around Queensland competing.
“Most of us are pensioners and we really love the chance to spend the week up here and spend some time with our friends from across Queensland and play.”
Bundaberg’s organiser Joan Williams said her friends relished the opportunity to play against teams from across the state.
“You meet a lot of people and we have a lot of fun,” she said.
Williams will not be playing this week because she injured her knee at Townsville last weekend.
But her husband Les will be pulling on the Bundaberg shirt.
“He’s 84 and he has an average of around 164,” she said.
In its eighth year, the competition has become such a success that other clubs around Queensland are hosting similar events.
Gay started a similar over-50s championship in Brisbane two years ago.
“It has been a good success,” she said.
“But (Bundaberg) is the biggest one we go to.”