Vale Greg Growden

by Aidan Davis

Bowls Australia was sadden to hear of the recent passing of renowned sports journalist Greg Growden.

Unquestionably, Growden, 60, was best known for his coverage of rugby for The Sydney Morning Herald across a staggering six decade period, but his passion for the sport of bowls was also evident for all to see.

One of the occasional articles penned by Growden on bowls, titled ‘Lawn bowls is best thing since man discovered the ball‘, unapologetically lambasted those who mocked the sport without first giving it a fair go, and brashly declared that “lawn bowls has been by far the most enjoyable of my sporting pursuits… It has everything; skill, guile, tactics, uncertainty, drama, sledging even. And most importantly some of the best afternoon tea spreads on offer in Sydney. It is the best of social games and the best of competitive games.”

His love affair with bowls was even referenced in Peter FitzSimons’ vale tribute article yesterday — “Greg’s hidden talent was to be an accomplished lawn bowler, and he took great pleasure in skipping the Lane Cove team in fours pennant matches all over the state.”

Bowls Australia expresses its condolences and sympathies to Growden’s family, friends, colleagues and teammates.

Caption: Greg Growden was one of only two journalists to have covered every Rugby World Cup. Credit: Fairfax Media.