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Bowlers defy the retiree cliche

March 20, 2015

I’ve only ever played at four bowls clubs.  In the Clare Valley. At Clarence Gardens and Hawthorn. And, for the most of the time, at Unley.

At the latter, despite all my woeful non-contributions, the Four Amigos have, in the past three seasons,  been in  top place once and this season third out of twenty or so teams.

All of which has absolutely nothing to do with personal glorification (after all I have the dubious honour of delivering the  most embarrassing  “flippers”) but everything to do with trying to smash that most persistent  of  televison cliches.

Coverage of any pensioner-orientated story and out comes the faithful footage of  cream-clad senior citizens. A portrayal that wrongly casts the sport  as a haven for the eighties-plus.

Perhaps, just perhaps, the idiot-box editors should eventually be made aware of the real situation.Unley, for example, has, for more than a few years, hosted twice-a-week “Night Owls”.  No uniforms. A lot of banter. And a lot of representatives of all age groups. And that’s not an uncommon state affairs across the State.

All of which is a long-winded way of promoting a past-time enjoyed by everyone. Not just pensioners.

Come on in. The water’s fine!

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