Bega bowlers in the business

• Competition jokers and C grade winners are (from left) Justin Welsford, Adam Blacka and Matt Fleet.

• Competition jokers and C grade winners are (from left) Justin Welsford, Adam Blacka and Matt Fleet.

BEGA’s Business House bowls competition wrapped up with a presentation on Friday night. 

About 40 of the competition’s finest were on hand to claim runner-up and winners polo shirts and celebrate the season just gone. 

Men’s bowling club president Andrew Warby said the night was a success and he was pleased with the season. 

“Originally we had six or seven teams, this year has seen 40 plus, it was a very good turnout,” Warby said.

The business house bowls is a social competition, which caters for players of any ability across five divisions. 

The players are graded after a few trial rounds, with many teams returning year after year. 

 “If they are new bowlers they’ll end up in the lower grades, unless they know a few regular bowlers who can maintain a higher grade.”

For anyone interested in bowling it can be a great introduction to the sport, as players meet once a week for a friendly game.

It has fringe benefits for the club, with competitive numbers bolstered by the competition. 

“It’s basically saved the club I think,” Warby said.  

“It’s allowed our men’s bowling club one of the healthiest growths in NSW.”

A number of the new recruits also take on competitive roles with the club. 

“Last year we picked up 11 new bowling members and they’re all off to bigger and better things,” Warby said. 

“Five or six of them play in the grade seven pennant side, which is down to the final 16 in the state. 

“It is a great reward for them being so early in their bowling career.”

Warby made a speech at the presentation and thanked organiser “Gaitor” Geraghty for his contribution to running the event. 

“The success of the business house is showing of the work that Gaitor and his wife Mary-Anne do.”

He also thanked the sponsors, who teams are named after. 

“Some of the sponsors have been in since the inception ... those who play together, stay together,” he said with a laugh. 

Anyone who missed the competition shouldn’t despair, as the event will be back up and running again later this year. 

“We’re looking at 40 teams plus and it will be run very similarly to the last one.

“Keep your eyes on the paper or talk to a bowler,” he said. 

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