Murphy, Glasson headline tour of fire-affected regions

by Lachlan Williams

Bowls Australia (BA) Hall of Fame members Karen Murphy and Steve Glasson OAM will join CEO Neil Dalrymple and President Darryl Clout on a tour of bowls clubs across South-East NSW and Eastern Victoria, including areas affected by last summer’s bushfires.

The trip is being supported by BA partner BCiB, with BCiB Managing Director Ian Hopper also joining the visit.

The week-long tour starts on July 6, taking the group from across Southern NSW to Deniliquin, followed by a stop at Jeriliderie.

The group will visit clubs impacted by bushfires over the summer that were recipients of BA’s Bowls Disaster Relief Fund, including Adelong, Tomakin, and Mallacoota Inlet Bowls Clubs.

Club Malua, Narooma, Merimbula, Lakes Entrance, Metung, and Lindenow are also on the visit list.

The tour will give members the chance to meet some icons of Australian bowls and chat with the figures at the top of BA.

BA CEO Neil Dalrymple said he is looking forward to hitting the road and meeting with bowlers.

“This is a great chance to get to see some of the faces on the ground in clubs across different regions,” he said.

“We know some of the clubs were terribly impacted by the bushfires, so getting to visit those clubs with Karen and Steve can hopefully put a smile on some of their faces.”

Mr Dalrymple said tours such as this can help reinvigorate the sport after several tough months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that clubs will definitely be feeling the effects of this pandemic for a while. Steve and Karen are great people and can hopefully help lift some spirits, especially in some areas hit with a double-whammy of the bushfires followed by the pandemic,” he said.

National coach Glasson said he is excited to be hitting the road to meet some bowlers.

“We have obviously been locked in our houses for quite a while, so I’m really looking forward to the chance to get out and about and hit some greens in some different towns,” he said.