The annual Centenarians Trophy was played through atrocious conditions last Sunday. Amidst biting cold wind and intermittent heavy rain Balmain Bowling Club’s two mixed triples teams won through to take out this year’s prestigious Centenarians Trophy. Played this year at Waverley BC, this was the fourth time the Gala Day has been held since starting in 2015.
The originator Peter McAdam from Mosman BC, who sadly passed away earlier this year, thought it would be a good idea for a Gala Day to be held each year between all the Sydney based clubs who have been operating for more than 100 years. Year by year more clubs are passing the 100 year milestone but Balmain is the oldest in bowling club in NSW and it was a real honour to bring home the trophy. The mixed team format this year was 3 x 7 ends using 3 bowls. A great win for us coming in 6 points in front of the second placed side Randwick with Beecroft, Kilara, Mosman, Neutral Bay. Randwick, Warrawee and Waverley also taking part.
Becoming this years winner enables us to nominate Balmain Bowling Club to run the next Centenarians Day in 2019. Here’s a photo of the Balmain BC players with the trophy which will be on display soon, many congratulations to our two sides for a great win. For the oldest bowling club in NSW to now have its name on the Centenarians Trophy is not only fitting but a real achievement for the club as we were involved on the original committee setting up a unique Australian sporting competition.