Century of bowling club ‘pretty cool’

Owaka bowlers (from left) Bryan Price, Bruce Wilson and Alan Burgess received life memberships at...
Owaka bowlers (from left) Bryan Price, Bruce Wilson and Alan Burgess received life memberships at the Owaka Bowling Club’s centenary celebrations at the club building in Owaka yesterday. PHOTO: EVELYN THORN
One hundred years of the existence of a bowling club is a "pretty cool achievement".

That is what Owaka Bowling Club members thought as they celebrated their centenary yesterday in Owaka.

Three bowlers were presented life memberships at the event — a "fantastic addition" to the current solo life member Tom Dallas.

Bruce Wilson, Alan Burgess and Bryan Price, all of Owaka, achieved the role of life members at the centenary event, and all three were "very honoured" to be acknowledged.

The trio shared memories from their time in the club and provided some laughs for the crowd.

New life member Mr Wilson said the club had "done very well" to get to 100 years.

"It’s quite a long time," Mr Wilson said.

"I’ve met some amazing bowlers during my time, and it’s an honour to receive the membership."

Mr Burgess acknowledged the effort of each member in the club throughout the years and said he had family from his mother’s side who had been involved in starting up the club, so it was a "fantastic achievement" for him.

Mr Price said he began when his friend mentioned the club needing members and said to him to "have a go".

Since then, he said he had made plenty of friends and had enjoyed his time in the club.

The Owaka Bowling Club began with about 45 members on January 26, 1924, after a public meeting in 1922 was held to create something for locals to get involved with.

The cost to join and become a member at the time for men was one pound and 10 shillings, and sixpence for women.

Owaka Bowling Club president Dawn Smith said the centenary was an "amazing achievement".

"It’s great to be here with past and present members of the club and celebrating that the club still exists after 100 years," she said.

"Our wee club is small, but it’s ours and we love it."