How often do you get to play bowls with your parents?
After watching my Mum, Dad and brother play bowls for years and represent their districts in the sport, I decided to join them. I have been playing bowls now for just over three years and it’s the best thing I ever did.
I played netball for 35 years and in the end, it was taking me longer to strap before a game than to play.
My parents kept saying that I should take up bowls and so that’s what I did.
I walked into the Kallangar Bowls Club where I was made to feel so welcome, and after a few lessons was playing.
My Mum and Dad still come and watch me play. I remember the first game of mine that they watched. They came down to Brisbane from their home on the Sunshine Coast and were very excited that I took this great game up. Knowing that they are good bowlers, I really wanted to impress them. Guess what? I delivered my very first bowl with a wrong bias. I nearly died from embarrassment, but salvaged the moment and said that I had done it on purpose.
My greatest memory, which I will treasure forever, is being able to play bowls with my parents. Unfortunately, my Mum now is not well so has put the bowls away for a little while. However, we’re hoping she can get back out on the green soon.
My dad plays for Mooloolaba and still plays Pennants Div 2 at 83 years of age. Dad and I have played mixed pairs on quite a few occasions and have won money!
Everyone comments when Dad and I play. Whenever he delivers a great bowl, I clap and say, “Great bowl Dad!”.
Other bowlers say, “How good is it to be able to play with your Dad?”.
One day, I hope to be a good player like my Mum and Dad. In the meantime, I am encouraging my children to take up bowls, the greatest game ever!
Contributed by Debbie Dalston