Happy days on the green
MAUREEN Curlew has a simple recipe when things go awry on the bowling green.
"You just have to laugh," she said. "There's no use getting down.
"Just be happy when you are out there."
The 79-year-old was among the players enjoying the Good Guys Mixed Triples contest at Broadwater Bowling Club.
Saturday's competition was a big day at the Pacific Highway club, which has a small playing roster and is one of the smallest clubs in the region.
Curlew is among an army of volunteers working to keep the club open.
As well as playing, she often assists catering duties in the kitchen.
"When you are part of the community, you should help the community," she said.
"At a smaller club like this, everyone always supports you. No-one ever says you are not bowling correctly or throws you off the greens for doing a bad bowl.
"It's just great to come and get some fresh air, happiness and support the club."
Twenty-four players from clubs including Coraki, Evans Head and the hosts took part in the event, which featured two rounds of 12 ends.
The all-Coraki team of John Jarrett and husband-and-wife duo George and Nola Bodgy took the top spot.
Broadwater trio Curlew, Alec Pring and Vic Armstrong secured the runners-up berth.