On Saturday the club marked its 137th year in existence with the official opening of its green for this year's season. The weather was so glorious that one can only wonder whether an opening day has ever been blessed with better weather. Watched by over forty members this year's president, Cliff Harding, performed the traditional act of delivering the first bowl after which a “spider” was held. For those who do not know what a “spider” on a bowling green is it is where players stand around the edge of the green with one foot in the ditch and simultaneously deliver a bowl to a jack in the middle of the green and the player whose bowl finishes closest to the jack wins. With multiple collisions of bowls and movements of the jack it is totally a matter of luck as to who wins such events, but that will not bother Betty Forsyth who was declared the winner and awarded a large bottle of a popular alcoholic beverage.
After the “spider” the forty members who had turned up to play were divided into two teams – a “President's Team“ and “Lady President's Team” - and a match of fifteen ends ensued in the warm sunshine and on a green which, thanks to a week or so of dry weather, ran very freely. Whilst the result of the match was of little significance it has to be reported that it was a draw.
The start of a new season
This year's president, Cliff Harding, performed the traditional act of delivering the first bowl he 2019 Fitz Park Bowling Club season
Photo: Ben Challis