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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
Bowls In Focus 45 Horsham City’s diminutive Kit Galagher has had a life-long love of sport including lawn bowls, which she has been playing for almost 40 years. At 94 years of age, she is the oldest female player in the Wimmera, but don’t be tricked by the age of this lady, she surprises many with her quick wit and prowess on the green. The lively Kit (pictured above) said bowls had been a sport she had always enjoyed, “Both my father and my husband were very good at bowls so I had to play in self-defence,” she laughed. “ I have played sport all my life and have had a go at most things and enjoyed them all.” She played netball, tennis, golf and badminton in her younger days, although Kit says she was much better at tennis and netball than she ever was at bowls, but some might disagree. Kit had a modicum of success in bowls in her earlier years and espe- cially loved playing in team events, “I liked the team events more, I played in a few premiership sides in pennant competition which was thrilling, but never finished better than runner-up in singles, although I didn’t enjoy singles that much,” she said. Although Kit plays down her abilities, her four-woman team were r unners-up last season in the Veterans and Execu- tives Day competition, “I still bowl well enough to have a win now and then,” she said. “ I have been very fortunate with my health, but I have also been ver y active which has helped.” Kit first moved to the Wimmera ‘ about 30 years ago’ with her husband, Max who had applied for a position as a schoolteacher in the area. Max died a couple of years ago, but Kit still has plenty of family in the Wimmera. After all her years of playing, Kit still looks forward to her Wednesday game of social bowls for Horsham City. She has given up going to tour naments and other events although she is still involved with Country Womens As- sociation and church meetings. In regard to her future in bowls, Kit has a simple philosophy, “I’ll keep play- ing as long as I can,” she says. This Queen of the West is some inspiration. STOP PRESS At time of printing, Kit is recovering from a hip injury sustained as a result of a fall. Friends suggest that she will be sidelined for a while and might miss a few pennant rounds – she will not be impressed by the situation. Ringwood Bowls Club to offi- cially open the 2009-2010 sea- son. After several days of cold and wet weather, the wind was strong, but the sunshine was pleasing. With 167 bowlers looking on, Group 17 councillor Rosemary Varty rolled the jack and state president Maureen delivered the first bowl, which with some unknown assistance finished as a resting toucher! Bowlers then enjoyed a game of bowls until lunch. Ringwood members, the hosts for the day, ser ved a wonderful lunch and there was much frivolity during the drawing of over 100 raffle and lucky door prizes. Alas, our new state president was not a lucky recipient, but during her ad- dress remarked how wonderful it was to see so many bowlers having fun. President Maureen also spoke of the current state of the proposed unification discussions, which was of great interest to all present. Hill Views DLBA thanks president Maureen for giving her time to be part of our special day, and also thanks Ringwood Bowls Club president Vida, secretary Elise and members for making the day a huge success. Hume Opening day for Hume DLBA was held at Fawkner Bowling Club. The weather wasn’t suitable for bowling but we enjoyed the get-together and refreshments and the prospect of the new season upon us. Thank you to the ladies from Fawkner for the hospitality and for making it such a lovely day. Princes Park is preparing for much celebration with a party this month to mark their 120th anniversary. We wish them well for a memorable celebration. Congratulations to Car men Spiteri (Reservoir) who has been selected to represent Malta in the 2010 Common- wealth Games in Delhi. Craigiebur n is very pleased that their member Jillian McAli- ece has received her Umpires Cer tificate and badge. Monash Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Nance Wilson (Cheltenham) and Marie Williams (Bentleigh) who recently passed away. Northern The district is saddened by the passing of Nance Lee (Co- huna) and we extend sincere condolences to her family and friends. Queen of Wimmera Greens
August September 2009