May Evans, the oldest competitor at the club, still bowling at 93.
Despite having one green out of action, the Warkworth Bowls Club has raised a record $1100 for the Warkworth Wellsford Hospice from its annual charity tournament.
The competition was played out, following two wet weather delays, on February 15.
It attracted 45 players from Warkworth, Mahurangi East and Orewa, with a number of matches and a game of corner-to-corner bowls, followed by a presentation.
Hospice fundraising coordinator Lesley Ingham says hospice is very grateful that the club chooses to support hospice.
“They have been doing this for at least eight years and we are impressed with their determination when it comes to fundraising,” she says.
Members of the winning team were Gordon Ball, Roy Newdick and Cynthia Roper.
The money raised will go towards operational costs.
The club’s business house competition wrapped up on the previous day, with two RSA teams taking first and second place.
A total of 96 people across 24 teams participated, with numbers down from 120 last year due to the loss of the main green.
The winning side, RSA 2, won seven matches and drew one, over the eight round competition.
Tournament organiser Harry Williams says despite the drop in numbers, it was a successful competition with lots of positive feedback.
In the winning team was Nadine Revell, Geoff Copestake, Joss Myers and Fran Enderman.
The club also welcomed the donation of a defibrillator on January 29 from Al Mason.
Club tournament committee chair John Hurdley says there have been a couple of heart attacks at the club, but luckily none fatal.
“We are all very thankful to Al Mason, of Mason Containers, for the donation,” he says.
“It gives all of us peace of mind knowing that if needed, it’s there.”
Club members will be instructed on how to use it over the coming weeks.