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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
Strathfeld Scene 3 "Originally, I thought croquet was just for older people. However, I can now say that it is not restricted to the older population. I would defnitely play [croquet] again.” – Laura Giblett, university student NEWS Croquet wins over Gen Y Rescues fail as bowling club nally bows out By Matt Khoury FLAGS are ying at half mast at the South Strath eld Bowling Club a er it was announced that the club would almost certainly close down, ending more than half a century of sporting tradition. Falling membership numbers and the high cost of maintaining their greens are cited as two of the main factors for the club's demise -- expected to be formally rati ed at a general meeting on July 24. In its heyday, South Strath eld Bowling Club boasted more than 100 members but can now muster only 10. It is the last functioning bowls club in the municipality following the closure of Strath eld Bowls and the Homebush Bowling Club on Pomeroy Street. Club president Brian Hughes, 65, said that members had done everything in their power to save their beloved club, but had now accepted that the ght for survival was over. "We've tried everything," he said. "Amalgamation with Clubs NSW and negotiations with other sporting clubs, but we're le with no option but to close. We can't a ord the $50 000 a year to maintain the greens." Hughes said that various fund-raising e orts, including selling the club's poker machines this year had not been enough to keep the beloved sporting institution nancially a oat. In a last ditch e ort to raise funds, club member Steven O'Keith operated a Friday night kitchen for members. is, too, had failed. " e volunteers that we need just became too old," he said. O cials concede that things have been on the slide for some time. e Augusta Street club didn't eld a pennant team this year and it's been decades since the club won a competition. Should the club close, as expected, the ten remaining bowlers will move to Greenacre and Lewis Hill bowling clubs, in Bankstown shire, along with the club's remaining funds. Female club bowlers moved to Concord RSL last year. e lawns will return to Strath eld Council But not everyone will go. "I don't have the energy to travel. is will be my last game," said former club president Burt Marshall, 86, who now gets about with the aid of a walking stick. e closure ends an era of bowls in the municipality that began on a backyard green. e club moved to Augusta Street a er Alderman rew donated some land to the council and this spot was later developed by volunteer-members. Life member Roy Bennie, 82, said: "It used to be very proper. We'd go out in a collar and tie and there'd be more than 100 players. ere have been all kinds of characters around here." John Carmichael, 71, the son of one the founding members, said that lawn bowls was not as popular with newer residents as it had been a er the war. " ere's a changing demographic here," he said. "It's just not the newer people's scene. Dad would be very disappointed." For his part, president Brian Hughes hasn't given up on the idea that the club might re-open at some point as a centre for social events. "We still live around here and it would be nice if it [the club house] stayed with the community," he said. By Bernadette Chua While sports fans all over the planet have been mesmerised by the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, in a tiny corner of Strath eld a sporting revolution has been quietly taken place. O cials at the Strath eld Croquet Club say their campaign to overhaul the image of a game more usually associated with the elderly eating cucumber sandwiches, is beginning to pay o . A number of young couples from around Sydney's inner-west have already registered with the club. More recently, 80 students from the Australian Catholic University took croquet lessons at the club. e club hopes that some of the students will come back as players one day -- and perhaps bring their friends. "Aside from university students, we have had primary and secondary school children," says club president Geo Boyce. " It just shows that croquet is also a sport for younger people." If you would like to learn more, visit www.croquet-nsw.com. NEW RSL MEMORIAL A new development application for units on the site of the former Homebush RSL includes a re- dedication of the memorial and replacement of existing plaques. President of the Homebush High Street Commi ee, Marlene Doran, said she supports the development, which has been at the subject of a pamphlet campaign. LATE BUS WARNING Hawkesford's Luxury Coaches, the largest bus company at the En eld Marshalling Yards, has warned the proposed inter-modal logistics centre on the site could lead to tra c delays. "Particularly in the mornings, it will be much harder to get to Punchbowl or the Hume Highway," said director Jim Hawkesford. FREE ASHTRAYS Strath eld and Burwood Councils are distributing free personal ashtrays for local smokers. ey have ordered 3000 personal ashtrays and wall and pole mounted ashtrays. Personal ashtrays are available from Burwood and Strath eld Town Halls and various council o ces. In Brief www.ourstrathfeld.com.au Limit one coupon per person. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid at Oporto Strathfield Plaza until 30.06.10. MEGA BITE 1 x single fillet Bondi burger ®, 1 x 3-Pack of grilled wings, 1 x small chips, 1 x single serve mash & gravy and 1 x 375ml can of drink MEGA VALUE FAMLY MEAL 4 x ¼ chicken, 1 x wings 9-pack, 4 x single serve mash and gravy, 2 x large chips & 2 x dipping sauces SHOP 31, STRATHFIELD PLAZA, THE BOULEVARD (JUST ACROSS FROM STRATHFIELD RAILWAY STATION) 998 MEAL Limit one coupon per person. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid at Oporto Strathfield Plaza until 30.06.10. PLU 552 PLU 554 2998 OPORTO VALUE DEALS L to R: Lauren Brennan, Samara Coiro and Kasha Awny, Australian Catholic University students