MEN Of League bowled along again at the South Tamworth Bowling Club on Sunday.
Visiting players from Narrabri and Manilla complemented Men Of League Foundation’s (MOLF) vice president Jim Hall and special guests Dennis Tutty and John Baker as well as a good number of local players.
Local MOLF committee president Kevin Robinson thought it a good day and thanked the South Tamworth Bowling Club for its support, Phil Johnson and Mike Whale in particular for organising and running the bowls part.
Johnson was also at his best on the microphone.
Robinson said the support from Narrabri and Manilla was well received.
“We’ve got a few boofheads from Gunnedah as well,” he said while standing next to Gunnedah’s Don Pascoe, who is also the North West Men Of League president.
“Unfortunately, Don can’t bowl today,” Robinson said.
“He’s got a crook shoulder.”
While there were only about 42 in attendance, they did raise $3400 for the Men Of League.
All of that money raised goes to the needy and deserving, Hall said.
It’s seen an amazing amount of money, about $12million, distributed to the needy.
Hall was a co-founder of the MOLF some 12 years ago.
“We started with 1200 members and now have 24,000,” he told Sunday’s crowd.
“We have 41 branches throughout Australia and it’s going ahead.
“We’ve also been fortunate the NRL has come on board recently and is funding some of our programs.
“We now can employ a proper CEO.”
Hall also stressed all monies raised at charity events such as Sunday’s bowls day go to “the worthy”.
Administering the MOLF is funded through other avenues, including the annual gala night.
Hall’s speech was also full of humour and he talked of the many characters who helped make the game what it is.
Men such as Don Hobson, who came from Young and played at Canterbury with Hall when Hall was a a raw-boned 18-year-old kid up against a St George side complete with all the super-stars of that era – Kevin Ryan, Ian Walsh, Johnny Raper, Brian Clay and the like.
Hobson, now retired at South West Rocks, offered Hall some funny advice, the retelling of which brought much merriment from the listeners.
Tutty, who played for Balmain, and Baker, a former Western Suburbs (now Wests Tigers) and Parramatta backrower, also spoke as did former Australian lock Jim Leis, fromm Tamworth who added a bit to Hall’s colourful joke about him and Jim on a famous Murray River “cruise”.
It was a lot of fun and will have a reprise at Narrabri Golf Club on Sunday, October 19.
Eight Narrabri men attended Sunday’s bowls day at South Bowlo and they are preparing for a huge golf day next month.
They also went home with the winner’s prize too after a quartet, including new Narrabri RLFC life member, Geoff Barrett, won the day.