SANDIE Lowndes and Pam Cembala teamed up to enter this year’s Karuah RSL Bowling Club Championship Pairs, making history on Sunday 2 August as the first ladies team to win the Club’s Major Pairs.
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In fact, it’s believed that they are the first ladies team in the State to win a Major Pairs championship under the new membership structure which allows women to enter what were previously men’s championship events.
The membership of Karuah RSL Men’s Bowling Club voted earlier this year to follow the Bowls NSW initiative in changing to an ‘open gender’ membership policy, a move which allows women to join and play certain events with men, including Major Pairs.
Dave Austin, President of Karuah RSL Bowling Club, said, “This result represents a significant step for Karuah ladies to be part of the new structure of our Bowling Club, and let’s hope, helps us along the path for the amalgamation of Men’s and Ladies bowls in the future, as it is already the case in most other states.”
In the finals, Ms Lowndes and Ms Cembala played Trevor Davies and Brenden Revell (Skip) and it was a very close game throughout.
Scores were locked at 14 all after 16 ends, and 17 all going into the final end.
Ms Lowndes and Ms Cembala then picked up three points to secure the final game.
Congratulations to Ms Lowndes and Ms Cembala on this great accomplishment.
In other bowls news, at the Club’s AGM, it was unanimously voted to make Brian Holdom a Life Member of Karuah RSL Bowling Club.
Mr Holdom has had many years of association with the Club, including playing Pennants and Championships.
He was presented his Life Membership badge last Thursday in front of fellow members.
Congratulations to Mr Holdom from all members of the Club.
By Ashley CHRYSLER