READY TO ROLL: Lismore Heights bowler Jill Rixon at the Fiesta Triples.
READY TO ROLL: Lismore Heights bowler Jill Rixon at the Fiesta Triples. Mitchell Craig

Lismore Heights double celebration

IT WAS a double celebration for the Lismore Heights Women's Bowling Club when they hosted the annual Fiesta Triples yesterday.

It is one of the biggest events on the calendar and members also celebrated the 60-year anniversary of when the women's bowling club was formed.

There was 26 teams from across the Northern Rivers brave the heat with the second game having to be called early as temperatures continued to rise around 11am.

"We have a duty of care to the bowlers and we don't want anyone passing out on the greens because of the heat,” event organiser Barbara Ryan said.

"Some feel the heat more than others and a few probably want to stay out there but we have to do the right thing for everyone.

"We hold it (Fiesta Triples) every year in September and I can't remember it ever being this hot.

"We've never had to come off before and if this is spring I hate to see what summer is going to be like.

"This is pretty well the last thing for us and (women's) clubs have played most of their tournaments so we're lucky there.”

There was plenty of clubs on hand including teams from Alstonville, Ballina, Casino, Lennox Head and Lismore.

The Lismore Heights Women's Bowling Club formed after a meeting on October 21 1957 and there was 33 foundation members.

They amalgamated with Lismore Workers Club in 1994 and became the Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club.

The Workers Club decided to close it down in 2013 but they were still allowed to use the bowling greens and kitchen for Friday night barbecues.

The men and women worked hard to raise funds to reopen the club and formed the Lismore Heights Sports Recreation and Community Club on January 31, 2016.

"We're celebrating with a big birthday cake,” Ryan said.



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