Cootamundra Country Club women’s bowls celebrated its 60th anniversary on Thursday and combined the milestone event with its annual Presidents’ Day.
Cootamundra president Jan Slavin said 18 teams from across the region traveled to the club for games in the morning followed by a lunch.
“We have had a great day,” she said.
“It all went very well with great weather and great company.
“It’s has been a significant event for the club with 60 years of ladies’ bowls.”
Harden won the presidents’ day bowls with Tumut the runner up, who were not usually part of the district but came especially for the 60th celebration.
Following the competition, guests enjoyed a lunch with a presentation on the history of the Cootamundra club.
“We had some speeches and a short talk on what had happened over the years since the Ladies bowls had been formed in 1958,” Mrs Slavin.
“We had a nice cake and we cut the cake.”
Mrs Slavin said Cootamundra was one of the smaller clubs but had brought in more than its fair share of pennant wins.
“We only have 15 members but over the years we have won many of the pennants,” she said.
“In my years, I started in 1997, we have won the district pennant quite a few times.
“In the shields we have played for, we have always been very competitive.”
The lunch on Thursday was attended by the club’s longest serving members and players.
“The longest serving would be Neta Manwaring, who has been a past club champion and Pat Francis," Mrs Slavin said.
“Pat is 84 and she’s still playing and she’s the club champion this year.”
The club has plans for the future after celebrating its version of the Diamond Jubilee.
“We hope to keep going on and we’d like to get some younger members,” Mr Slavin said.
“I think our average age is 80 years or close to.”
For the moment on Thursday, club members and guests took the time to celebrate.
“Our guests enjoyed themselves,” Mrs Slavin said.