New life member makes morning tea for bowlers

WELL DONE: Oldest member Keith Dansie, right, presents life memberships to Maureen and Kevin Mudge beside club president Graham Pole, left, at the Port Germein Bowling Club on Saturday.
WELL DONE: Oldest member Keith Dansie, right, presents life memberships to Maureen and Kevin Mudge beside club president Graham Pole, left, at the Port Germein Bowling Club on Saturday.

Maureen Mudge bowls up a pretty mean afternoon tea.

Every Tuesday, on the social day at Port Germein Bowling Club, she supplies scones with jam and cream.

She mixes the cream herself, displaying the initiative that has won her accolades on the bowling rink.

Mrs Mudge, 78, and her husband Kevin, 82, have been named new life members of the club. As bowlers readied themselves for competition to be nearest the “jack” on the artificial grass on Saturday, the local couple reminisced on their long careers.

“I started when we first got the bowling green here … it was not too bad,” Mrs Mudge said.

“I love my bowls. I have also played tenpin for donkey’s years in Port Pirie. We travel everywhere with our league.

“At Wednesday pennants, I bring my sandwiches and the guys from Laura like the curried-egg ones.”

Mr Mudge said media reports had suggested people would live until they were 120 years old and he said he would love to carry on with bowls to that age.

“I like the bloody game. I like the friendship. You meet a lot of people. You remember their faces,” he said.

Mr and Mrs Mudge were founding members of the club in 1973-74.

Oldest member, joint founder and life member Keith Dansie, 92, presented the medallions to the couple.

“I am the cheer squad,” Mr Dansie said.

Club president Graham Pole said the honor recognised “all the work that Kevin and Maureen have done over the years”. 

“They are still competing and we hope they continue to do so for many more years,” he said.

It recognises all the work that Kevin and Maureen have done over the years - they are still competing and we hope they continue to do so for many more years.

Graham Pole, club president

Mrs Mudge said the awards were a surprise.

“I love sport. I also used to play tennis,” she said. Meanwhile, the club itself has never looked back after laying an artificial surface for its competition events.

Water costs have been slashed as a result of what has turned out to be a very well-managed investment.

Port Germein’s competitors play against bowlers from around the region, both on the local site and at other venues in the Flinders Ranges towns.