HALF CENTURY: Celebrating the Lismore Heights Bowling Club womens 50th anniversary are, from left, foundation member Vene Fish
HALF CENTURY: Celebrating the Lismore Heights Bowling Club womens 50th anniversary are, from left, foundation member Vene Fish

Vene in at grass-roots

By ADAM HICKS

THE greens were brown when Vene Fisher started with Lismore Heights Bowling Club.

As the women's club celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday, Vene told how she helped plant the grass that became the original green.

"I helped plant the grass on these greens," she said while watching play.

"They were tufts of grass ... we had to plant these runners."

In those days, Vene had three young sons, ran a shop and had a dress-making business on the side.

"We used to come (to plant) when ever we could," she said.

Over the years, Vene has won club championships in every format including seven singles titles and a fours championship playing with her three sisters.

"Oh, I enjoy it," she said.

"Singles, pairs, triples, I've won the lot over the years, it's my second home up here.

"I've played at every club around, but this is where I belong."

The ladies celebrated the club's golden jubilee with breakfast and lunch and a day of bowls with invited guests.

Among them was NSW Women's president Tricia Part, who presented patron Monnie James with club life membership.

Monnie has been bowling on the Heights greens for 33 years.

"It's a great honour to be made a life member," she said.

"It's a great club. I enjoy the bowls and enjoy the company. Win, lose or draw, I always enjoy the game."

Monnie has recently celebrated her 80th birthday and next week will take possession of a new set of bowls to celebrate.

With 33 years' experience and a new set of slim-line bowls, Monnie is bound to be a top roller at the club for years to come.



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