Warwick Bowls Club members Les Reibelt, 94, and Les Cooper, 90, helped celebrate the Warwick Bowls Club centenary yesterday.
Warwick Bowls Club members Les Reibelt, 94, and Les Cooper, 90, helped celebrate the Warwick Bowls Club centenary yesterday. JULIAN LUKE

Players mark 100 years of bowls

THE Warwick Bowls Club was 10 years old when Les Cooper was born.

And yesterday the affable 90-year-old was about – and still playing – at its centenary.

He was joined by close to 100 other people, a fitting number given the occasion, who participated in social bowls and enjoyed a special lunch.

Cooper was also joined by fellow “experienced” Warwick Bowls Club member Les Reibelt, who is 94 and still going strong.

Cooper said he still plays bowls two or three times a week.

“(Bowls has) kept me alive I think,” he said with a trademark grin.

He hasn’t lost his touch either – Cooper drew his game of bowls yesterday.

Warwick Bowls Club men’s president Percy Cutmore said the club was formed exactly 100 years from yesterday, when the commemoration was held.

He said people attended from clubs right across the region, including Clifton, Allora, The Summit and Stanthorpe.

Also in attendance were Bowls Queensland chair Cynthia Neeve, deputy chair Jack Oliver and Beverley Higgins, along with State Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg.



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