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Iluka Ladies Bowls

On Monday morning , July 20th and 84 lady bowlers were holding their breaths waiting to see if the rain would stop so that the annual Head of the River Triples Carnival could commence. Iluka lady bowlers had been preparing for months for the day and teams had come from Lismore, Evans Heads and from other sister clubs in the Clarence River district, as well our annual visitors from down south. Fortunately we only had to wait 30 minutes for a break in the weather and we were blessed to be able to complete the five games of bowls over the two days. President Kath in her thank-you speech made special mention of the ladies who worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the kitchen and dining room to make sure no-one went hungry or thirsty. The raffles each day had a variety of popular prizes thanks to the generosity of the members who donated them. Our raffle ticket sellers worked efficiently each morning to keep up with demand and Michelle Reynolds and Lyn Millard each acted as controlling body for one day. All in all every member played their part to make the carnival a success. There were many people outside the club to thank as well. As president Kath noted, we owe a great deal of gratitude to Alan Duncan who was our scorer each day. Not only did he give up the two days of competition he also put in a large amount of preparation time to do the draw. Our club is also grateful to Judy Mayman, Bob MacNeil and Clem Millard who were our ever vigilant umpires. It is always wonderful to have our gracious patron Stella Wiblen join us on occasions such as this carnival’s presentation. Stella was there to present one of the prizes. Each year IWBC is indebted to our very generous sponsors who allow us to run such a wonderful carnival with excellent prize money. Our club is so fortunate to have had the support of Jack and Lisa Law from Master Wok Restaurant, L.J. Hooker, Iluka Bowls Club Inc., Anchorage Caravan Park, Hogues Bakery and Clarence Head Caravan Park. We live in a community where the businesses are very supportive of local groups. Before the winners of the carnival were announced, the raffle for the set of bowls was drawn. This prize was donated by Iluka Bowls Inc. and IWBC is indebted to the main club for this generous donation. The winner was Alma Bowling from Grafton. The round winners are listed with the Skips’ names : Round 1: K. Hudson ( Maclean); Round 2: M. Stallard ( Maclean); Round 3: B. McConnell ( Yamba); Round 4: V. Rogers (visitors/ Iluka); Round 5: V. Daniels (Maclean) Third place: E. Triffett from Maclean Second place: C. Cole from Yamba First place: F. Stewart-Butcher, M. Swan and M. Crelly from Maclean / Iluka. Congratulations to the winners who won each of their five games with very convincing margins and were deserved victors over the two days. Finally president Kath thanked all those who had travelled to be part of our competition as without the great participation the carnival would not have been such a resounding success .