Rose still using brown bowls after 64 years
Rose Smith (90) is an active member of Bongaree Bowls Club and still enjoys bowling today. Rose was born in North Qld where she met her husband Ray, who was in the Police Force, in Wollongong NSW. Ray made Sergeant after a time and transferred to a small country town on the Victorian border near Swan Hill. Ray where Rose learnt how to play bowls.
After being transferred to Forbes and Harden, NSW, the couple moved to Bribie Island and joined the Bongaree Bowls Club. After 30 years at the club, they are still very happy to be here.
Rose has been a social bowler on and off for 64 years.She still uses the old brown bowls (we say they are made of wood) and we keep telling her that her bowls came to Australia with Captain Cook.
Rose’s brown bowls can be seen going down the green (we all think they are on the wrong bias and heading to another rink) and then they turn and they pull up only inches away from the jack. Many an opposition has said that Rosie’s bowls will end up in the creek at the rear of the club one of these days.
Our Rose has been a staunch and very valuable committee member and her warm laughter can be heard all over the greens.
Contributed by Rod Curtis