Bowled over yet again

Morwenna De Luis, 2013 WADSA Club Volunteer of the Year John De Luis, Yvonne Gysbertse, Michael Dean and Phil Butler. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d408523
Morwenna De Luis, 2013 WADSA Club Volunteer of the Year John De Luis, Yvonne Gysbertse, Michael Dean and Phil Butler. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d408523

Last week, current and former members said an official goodbye to the Peel Bowling and Social Club.

In the usual way of the world, the culprit is progress ” in this case, the redevelopment of the aquatic centre.

New pools and activity areas will swallow up their clubhouse and bowling green.

But they will find a new home at the Halls Head Bowling Club, where a brand new artificial green awaits.

The Peel Bowling and Social Club’s current location was their third home.

They started with six almost blind bowlers and three men from Perth Blind Bowling Club at Dudley Park Bowling Club.

When Dudley Park Bowling Club no longer had room for them, the group moved to a property at Barragup.

Visually impaired bowler Bill Hayes constructed the Barragup green.

When they again ran out of room at this location, the club moved to their current green.

Current club captain Morwenna De Luis took over from life member Rona Panos six-years ago.

‘Saying goodbye is very sad, but membership has dropped off,’ she said.

‘It’s only social bowling, but it’s fun and local people who have never bowled before come here and love it.’

Ms De Luis said they were apprehensive about the move to Halls Head, but hopeful that it would result in an increase in membership.