top of page

Bourke Bowling Club — Bourke Ladies runners-up in State Finals

Bourke Ladies Pennants team from left: Megan Meredith and Bevan Williams (support crew), Kurt Dickson (team manager), Sharon Knight, George Dickson, Georgia Meredith, Joan Dickson, Krystal Bock, Jenelle Hambrook, Trish Taylor, Barb Davis, Fiona Rankmore and Sharna Shillingsworth. Photo contributed

It’s taken 25 years, hundreds of kilometres of road travel and a never-say-die attitude, and it all paid off at the weekend when the Bourke Bowling Club Ladies Pennants team proved they were among the best of the best in NSW.

After just four years playing as a pennants team, this season the Bourke ladies won their area competition, then went on to win the zone competition and at the weekend came within a whisker of becoming state champion.

Despite not taking out the big trophy, every team member was still on a high and proud of their incredible achievement, matching their skills with the best female bowlers in the state.

Team member Trish Taylor said the club had been lobbying for years to qualify to be included in the pennant’s competition, but due to their remote location and size, were unable to be part of the competition until a little over three years ago.

Just a season after, they were finally admitted officially to the pennants roster, COVID struck and the competition was mothballed until this year, when nothing could hold the girls back.

“We’ve been waiting 25 years for this, we’re a small, isolated club and we weren’t entitled to go into the Pennants, but we made it,” Trish said.

“It was the first time we’ve ever been in state finals, and it’s been a long process.

“The competition required us to win our area, then go on to play in the zone finals in Mudgee against Dubbo and beat them, and then onto the state finals where we won all our games right up to the semi-finals, and then a chance to win the grand final.

“The ladies we played, play all the time, and we only play when we can, so it was a great achievement to be runners-up.

Read more local news in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

To subscribe call (02) 6872 2333 today and receive The Western Herald in your letterbox next week!


bottom of page