Wiseman Park Wollongong City to host Anderson Irvine Shield

Bowlers gather for last year's Anderson Irvine Shield match at Berry Bowling Club.

Bowlers gather for last year's Anderson Irvine Shield match at Berry Bowling Club.

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Wiseman Park Wollongong City will host one of the Illawarra District womens' big events of the year with the Anderson Irvine Shield confirmed for November.

Illawarra are reigning champions following a 123-120 victory over South Coast at Berry BC last year, in one of the closest and most memorable matches in almost 50 years of the annual fixture.

With Illawarra the host association in 2014, Wiseman Park BC were keen to run the event, scheduled for Friday November 7.

Illawarra selectors have monitored the district's leading players over the championship and pennant season before selecting four teams of eight bowlers.

The format for the Anderson Irvine Shield is Fours with 21 ends per match.

The tournament dates back to 1966 when best friends Ethel Anderson and Ivy Irvine organised an annual trophy to be played between neighbouring associations Illawarra and South Coast.

The event alternates between each association with the winner keeping the shield for the next 12 months.

Vet's Day celebrates seniors

Bowls is fast becoming a younger participant sport but the cornerstone of all clubs remains its senior players.

On  Monday, the Illawarra District Women’s Association celebrated  Veteran’s Day with events at Albion Park, Wiseman Park Wollongong City, and Corrimal bowling clubs.

Twenty-eight Illawarra bowlers received Veteran   badges from NSW Bowls in recognition for their participation.

NSW bowling club members who had turned 80 were given  Super Veteran badges,  90-year-olds earned a Star Veteran and  members aged 100 were  given a Super Star Veteran badge.

In the Illawarra, about  250 ladies attended functions at the three clubs.

The day included a casual game of bowls, special prizes and the all-important lunch.

Illawarra men’s and women’s clubs have thousands of senior bowlers, with many of them having a long affiliation to their local club. 

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