The Gundagai District Services Bowling Club (GDSBC) celebrated their 2021 season last weekend, with club Champions awarded their trophies and members taking time to enjoy themselves after a good year on the greens.
The biggest winner on the day was bowling tragic, Mitchell Goodsall, who won the prestigious Keith Luff Memorial trophy as clubman of the year.
GDSBC President Wayne Carthew explained that Goodsall was a deserved winner of the award.
“Mitch got out Keith Luff Memorial trophy and it was well deserved,” Carthew said.
“It meant a lot to him. When I presented it, I said ‘this bloke has earned this over and over again for many years and I asked him for a little dance’, but when I called his name out, he got really emotional and it went the other way.
“It really meant a lot to him and he was very thankful.”
The Keith Luff Memorial trophy is an honour that all Gundagai bowlers strive to achieve, and Carthew said the committee unanimously agreed that Goodsall was the right bowler to win the award.
“It was an easy decision. The committee picks that, and it wasn’t even a discussion and we agreed unanimously,” Carthew said.
“To me, it is important trophy, it is the clubman trophy and it recognises the bloke that does anything asked of him and that is why Mitch won it.”
Now that the GDSBC season is over, Carthew looked back on what had been a year of ups and downs for the club.
“We had a pretty good year,” Carthew said.
“With Covid interruptions, we managed to get all of our championships finished but we lost our two main events for the second year in a row with the Tuckerbox Triples and the Dave and Mabel mixed tournament.
“Both of those events are fully subscribed; you virtually have to be in it for 10 years to get a start.”
Gundagai’s local competition went off without any problems, and Carthew said it was pleasing to have the club’s second green back in action.
“Our local tournament was quite successful and we filled both greens,” Carthew said.
“We had a lot of troubles with one of our greens for a good year but it is good to get the second green back.
‘You don’t realise how much it limits you when you only have the one going.”
Carthew and the GDSBC are now eyeing a bigger and better 2022 of bowls, with Club Championship Fours action set to roll off next month.
“The nominations virtually close today or tomorrow for the Fours Championship and they will kick off in January and then we will march on from there,” Carthew said.
“Hopefully next year we have no Covid interruptions and we get to play our two big tournaments, pennants and a full season of bowls.”
GDSBC 2021 Champions
Keith Luff Memorial Trophy for Clubman of year: Mitchell Goodsall.
Major Singles Champion: Tom French.
Minor Singles Champion: Wayne Carthew.
Fours Champions: Mark Maynard (sub for John Heyen), Mike Houstein, Joe Bond and Wayne Carthew.
Mixed Pairs Champions: Tom French and Helen Pearce.
Triples Champions: Mike Houstein, Joe Bond and Wayne Carthew.
Championship Pairs Champions: Mike Houstein and Shane Bartlett.