Women bowling over the men at Masters Games

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

In an unheard of break from tradition, female players are far outnumbering the men in the Lismore Workers Masters Games lawn bowls registration – and it’s all thanks to softball.

Masters Games organiser Leanne Clark said many of the female lawn bowlers were in fact ex-softball players who had decided it was time for a slightly slower-paced competition.

“It’s fantastic – they are passionate and excited, and they certainly bring a bit more fire to the lawn bowls comp,” Leanne laughed.

“It is unusual that we have so many women because bowls is often male-dominated. It’s a really interesting change.

“On the other extreme, we only have one female golfer signed up! We have lots of great female golfers around the area so we are still expecting the ladies to make a comeback and sign up for a great weekend of sport and socialising.”

The 10th Lismore Workers Masters Games is being held at various venues in Lismore from 22-24 September.

Registrations are open until 18 August for the following sports: baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, Oztag, fitness challenge, football, five-side football, softball, swimming and mini-lympics.

The Masters Games offers up three days of action-packed competition with more than 1500 competitors expected to descend on Lismore.

“Entrants have as much fun off the field as they do on it,” Leanne said.

“The Masters Games is a huge social event and is a fantastic way to make friends, have a laugh and take part in the sport you love. There is great sportsmanship and team spirit and we encourage anyone over 30 to sign up now. It’s open to everyone – from true beginners to the very experienced.”

There is also an extensive merchandise range now on sale, with competitors able to choose from a polo shirt, limited edition T-shirt, bucket hat, cap and jacket.

For information, registrations or to order merchandise, visit www.lismoremastersgames.com.au.

Image: Softballers-turned-lawn-bowlers Melinda Clark and Julie Carroll with Masters Games lawn bowls convenor Bob Johnson.

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