HMAS Moreton bowls with the best

Published on LS Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Manly, Qld

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Navy Week, Lawn Bowls

Navy Week Bowls Day in Queensland was enjoyed by Navy people, current and former serving members. (photo: LS Hayden Eyles)
Navy Week Bowls Day in Queensland was enjoyed by Navy people, current and former serving members.

As part of Navy Week celebrations, members of HMAS Moreton took to the green to compete with naval veterans from across South East Queensland in a bowls tournament.

Twelve teams battled it out for the Navy Week Shield, with the tape measure being in high demand due to the competitive nature of the participants.

This year, 54 people participated in the event including a team from the Naval Women's Association, several teams from Naval Association Australia and eight teams from Moreton and its outstations.

Co-organiser of the event, Sub Lieutenant Simon Telfer saw the event to be an ideal platform for current serving full time and reserve members to rub shoulders with former members of the RAN and trade a few ‘waries’.

“It is great to watch the past and present sailors interact throughout the day, the spirit and enthusiasm of the Australian sailor is the same between generations, despite there being an age gap of over 40 years between the oldest and youngest members,” Sub Lieutenant Telfer said.

This year the competition took place at club Manly’s beautiful facilities providing all personnel with ample shade while many teams attempting to drive the jack for a win.

Miss Elizabeth Grimes, one of the competitors, thoroughly enjoyed her day at the tournament.

“It is great to watch experienced and steady-handed former sailors show up the younger generations,” Miss Grimes said.

“It is entertaining to watch the divers attempt to win through strength and fail dismally.”

The competition was eventually taken out by the Naval Association Australia women’s side who held a commanding lead of the ladder remaining undefeated during the competition.