Diggers Memorial Celebrates 50 years
Diggers Memorial Bowls Club has celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open fours carnival. Past servicemen formed the Diggers Memorial Bowls Club in 1972 and built their first bowls green using their own labour at the club’s current location in Rockhampton. The club continues to respect these servicemen’s memory, as well as the memories of current returned services members through various Remembrance Services and bowls events.
To celebrate this momentous event, Diggers Memorial Bowls Club held the Bendigo Bank 50-Year-Jubilee Open Fours Carnival in November, 2022. The Calliope and District Bendigo Community Bank very generously sponsored the carnival with a donation of $10,000 towards prize money. This is Bendigo Bank’s first sponsorship of Diggers Memorial Bowls Club and the club greatly appreciates this support, which has significantly enhanced participation in the sport.
Twenty-six teams entered the carnival from a wide area of Queensland (Longreach to Bundaberg) representing 15 individual clubs. Only one team, Suzanne Kington’s team, came through the two days of bowling undefeated, albeit winning one game by only 1 shot and another by 2 shots.
John Wessling, Branch Manager of Calliope and District Bendigo Community Bank, paid tribute to those who organised the carnival and did a lot of hard work which went into the successful two days. John’s team couldn’t quite get into the prize money and we will not reveal where his team finished, but he had a great weekend.
Many thanks to John and the Calliope and District Bendigo Community Bank for their support.
Contributed by Ken Day