Merriwa Bowling Club
Local Clubs - Merriwa, WA
Merriwa Bowling Club is an offshoot of the retirement village & as such inherits players who have had their prime bowling years or, in a few cases, introduces men & women to the sport fairly.
MERRIWA BOWLING CLUB has been in existence less than 20 years but has picked up nine Pennant flags in that time - not bad for a club whose members have an average age somewhere in the 70s.
The bowls club is an offshoot of the retirement village and as such inherits players who have had their prime bowling years or, in a few cases, introduces men and women to the sport fairly late in life. Nevertheless it remains a competitive club although the higher echelons of the men’s game are well out of reach.
Five flags have been won by the men’s section - the first seven years after starting Pennant bowls in the 1996/97 season. Having waited for that elusive first flag, they won two in the same season, 2003/04 - Division Three Silver and Division Four Purple, both Thursday competitions.
The sudden success coincided with the arrival in the village of Lindsay ‘Joe’ Marsh, who had been playing for 40 years with a host of clubs - City Beach, Rockingham and Clairmont. Good enough to be a First Division skip, Lindsay has won 16 titles at Merriwa prior to the 2014/15 season, including the men’s singles six times - five in a row from 2007. His run came to an end in 2012 when beaten in the final by current men’s captain, Bob Gillian.
A radio technician in the air force and later proprietor of a small flying school and local newspaper (the Corridor Courier), Lindsay rates his most difficult final opponent Geoff White, who led for him at Clairmont. Geoff is a resident of the Mindarie retirement village, Harbourside, while other Merriwa bowlers are drawn from the RAAFA estate at Cambrei and the Settlers village, a particularly productive source, and a few from the community at large.