Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Days before Beer and Pokies

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Days before Beer and Pokies

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Byline: BOWLS

CLUBS have enough difficulty these days staying afloat even with the profits from liquor sales and the pokies.

But it wasn't always so.

After operating for 21 years, a Tweed bowls club had a vote in 1941 on whether it should serve liquor.

The vote was even and it was another six years before the club had a bar.

It didn't get its first Cyamusement machine' until 1949.

This came to light as Murwillumbah officials prepare for the club's 90th birthday next month.

The first bowls club on the Tweed, Murwill-umbah was formed in 1920 with 62 members. The nearest to it was at Southport.

Now with Tweed-Byron district, Murwill-umbah began playing pennants in the NRDBA in 1923. After one season, a spell of bad weather forced the club to close for 18 weeks.

It took a while for it to allow women in as bowlers. Now one of the club's most valuable assets, they weren't given the green light until 1951.

Not long after that, club records stop Co washed away in the 1954 flood.

Two NRDBA clubs, not as old as Murwill-umbah but just as active, are having their 50th anniversaries.

This Saturday, Lismore Workers Sports, which in 2005 developed from the Lismore RSL bowls club that started in 1960, will have a dual celebration.

It also will launch its new artificial green which is reputed to be a top-class surface.

Bigwigs from Bowls NSW will arrive at 11am; bowls will start about 1.20pm.

The other club celebrating its 50th birthday on Saturday is Woodburn. The official welcome is at 9.15am, with lunch and formalities at 1pm after bowls.

All the green years ...

THE Melbourne Cup doesn't have all the stayers.

Take Tasmanian bowler Leigh Bishop, fr'instance. He's been playing pennants for 60 years and only now is calling it quits.

He says there are younger bowlers coming through and he wants to give them a chance. …

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