SERIOUS FUN: Ian Cranney of Woombye Bowls Club with the Woombarra Cup, which Woombye won.
SERIOUS FUN: Ian Cranney of Woombye Bowls Club with the Woombarra Cup, which Woombye won. Iain Curry

‘Grudge’ match played in honour of old mate

WHEN Ian Cranney and his Woombye Bowls Club team mates beat Brighton earlier this month they didn't just win a match - they honoured an old mate.

Their win marked the first time the Coast team won the Woombarra Cup, which is played in the memory of popular former Woombye member Mick Clapham.

The clubs made the biannual grudge match a tribute to Clapham after he died in March following a battle with cancer.

"Everyone from both the clubs knew him and we all liked him and it just seemed like the right thing to do," Cranney said.

"We're really happy we were able to win it in his honour because he was a very special guy."

The two clubs began playing against each other about five years ago after a Brighton member played a tournament in Woombye.

"He really enjoyed the greens here and some of the things we were doing, so we made it a regular thing for the clubs to play against each other," he said.

The matches allow players to compete in a less stressful setting than most tournaments.

"They are serious bowlers, even though they have a ton of fun," he said.

Cranney said matches between the clubs were increasingly rare because of the busy bowls schedule.

"Mainly because of the lack of competitive bowlers and other bowls competitions going on at the moment, you've got to find spare weekends to do it," he said.

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